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Prof Nicholas Ridout
In my research I am interested in developing a political understanding of the theatrical event, an am influenced by Middle Eastern and Arab politics. This means thinking about theatre as an instance of cultural production, as an affective experience and as a mode of social organisation. The main focus of my work so far has been on the theatre of modern capitalism, in which people spend their leisure time sitting in the dark watching other people working in the light. I have also written about opera, about experimental theatre in Europe, and, for over ten years I have found constant inspiration in the work of the Italian theatre company, Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio.