David Overend

Lecturer in Drama and Performance Studies

  • English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details



Room 2.23
50 George Square

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  • My office hour for Semester 2 is on Thursdays at 11am


David Overend joined Edinburgh in 2019 after three years at Royal Holloway, University of London, and five years at the University of the West of Scotland. He has also taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of Glasgow. As a director, David has worked for several theatres, including the National Theatre of Great Britain, and toured internationally with award-winning productions.


Responsibilities & affiliations

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research summary

David's research interests are interdisciplinary but focus on contemporary theatre and performance, often at the intersection with cultural geography. His recent publications and practice-based outputs have used creative methods to explore key geographical themes including mobility and wildness; and he also has an interest in the performance of large-scale political events such as referenda. This work is a development of David's earlier research on site-specific art and community participation, emerging from his practice-as-research thesis at the University of Glasgow, which aimed to develop a ‘relational’ praxis in response to the Arches arts centre. Outputs include articles for Contemporary Theatre Review, New Theatre Quarterly, GeoHumanities, Humanities and Cultural Geographies; and practice-based research projects for the National Trust for Scotland, the National Theatre of Great Britain, the Arches and Òran Mór. David is currently leading a transdisciplinary project with geographers and artists, exploring performances of ‘wild geographies’ at rewilding sites in the UK.

Research activities

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