Rachel Walker


School of English

Research Student

  • BA English Literature, University of Sheffield, 2003
  • MA English Literature, University of Sheffield, 2004
Research interests
  • Theatre history
  • theatre historiography
  • regional theatre
  • documentary theatre

A study of Peter Cheeseman's work at the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent from 1962-1971.

Based predominantly on the Victoria Theatre archive and oral history interviews, the study will encompass the origins of theatre-in-the-round in the UK and examine the influence of Cheeseman's seminal work in the region of North Staffordshire and beyond.

Research group


  • Bill McDonnell
  • Steve Nicholson
Professional activities and memberships
  • Member of Society for Theatre Research (STR)
  • TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association)
  • Conference papers'‘Gesticulating Peanuts’: the introduction of theatre-in-the-round to 1950s British Theatre', WRoCAH Journal, (Issue 3, July 2017)
  • 'Avoiding ‘Cake-Mix’ theatre: siting a theatre-in-the-round outside of London in 1962', (TaPRA Conference, August 2017)
  • 'A Grimy No-Man’s land: Stoke-on-Trent’s theatre in the 1960s', (University of Sheffield 'Mobile University', September 2017).