Rachel Walker


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BA English Literature, University of Sheffield, 2003, MA English Literature, University of Sheffield, 2004


Bill McDonnell, Steve Nicholson

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.



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).

Professional associations

  • Member of Society for Theatre Research (STR)
  • TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association).