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Dr Iain Landles

Associate Professor in Theatre and Drama

Dr Iain Landles

Dr Iain Landles

Biography
I obtained a First at Portsmouth University, and an MA in Literature, and received my Doctorate at Sussex University. I haves been writing plays since 1988 and my first show (Urak-Hai) took place in 1992. Since then my work has appeared on the London Fringe, the Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals, and on numerous tours across Britain.
My ‘War Trilogy’ was performed between 2003 and 2005 at the White Bear Theatre, London. ‘Time Out’ said of ‘The Siege’: ‘Landles’ fierce poetic style, together with his themes of political and sexual depravity, might make you think of Howard Barker, and you’d not be far wrong. … Landles has served up an intriguingly nasty piece of work.’
I am a controversial playwright, experimenting with theatrical form (see ‘Seventh Day Respite’, 2007, and ‘Accelerating Expansion’, 2008), language, character, and narrative and unique voice is known for its lack of compromise.
i have published extensively on the poet E.E. Cummings, for example, my book, ‘The Case for Cummings’ and I am also a Contributing and Consulting editor for SPRING, The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society.
I finished my first novel ‘KK: A Death in January 2009’, and have recently completed ‘1920: Variations on a Theme of Masculinity’. I am currently working on two new plays.


Faculty Research

I am currently writing two plays – ‘Picasso’s Palette’, and another, as yet untitled play.

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I teach on:
BA in Performance & Theatre


Some of the courses I teach:
THR 4200 – The Play’s the Thing
THR 4205 – Acting: Theory into Practice
THR 3100 – Foundations of the Performing Arts
COM 5410 – Script Writing


Research Interest & Expertise:
I have been a playwright for the past twenty six years, writing avant garde and experimental plays. My work has been seen on the London fringe, Edinburgh, the Brighton Festival, and on numerous tours across the UK. My ‘War Trilogy’ was published by Oberon Books in 2005 and stage over three years at the White Bear Theatre.
I am currently writing two plays scheduled for performance in 2015.
I am also the UK’s leading scholar on E.E. Cummings, and my book, ‘The Case for Cummings’, was published in 2008. I am a consulting and contributing editor for ‘SPRING, The Journal of the E. E. Cummings Society.’
I am currently writing a series of articles on the British playwright Howard Barker.