Sarah Jane Dickenson

Dr Sarah Dickenson

Senior Lecturer

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of English and American Studies

Summary

Dr Dickenson's recent and current research projects include the Wellcome Trust-funded investigation, The Not Knowns: Psychology, Engagement and Cultural Memory, with co-investigators from the University of Hull, in partnership with Hull Training and Park Bench Theatre. As a playwright her plays are at the core of most of her research projects including the recent The Not Knowns. Dr Dickenson's plays have been performed across Europe. She has primarily concentrated on the writing of large cast pieces for young people to perform, and has also had some success with more mainstream forms of scriptwriting. Dr Dickenson's plays have been performed across Europe. For example, she was commissioned to write a play for the Goethe-Institut to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The play Not Yet was performed in the UK in February 2009 at various venues. Of the 18 plays commissioned by the Goethe-Institut from across Europe, Not Yet was one of seven chosen to be performed at the culminating festival in Dresden and Mulheim November 2009. Not Yet was also filmed by the Christmas TV & Film Company and now translated, in conjunction with the Languages into Schools project, forms the core of a language pack for A level students. She gave a keynote presentation on the project at a conference in London in July, 2009, for the Goethe-Institut. Dr Dickenson was a commissioned playwright on Graeae Theatre Company's Write To Play programme, October 2015 - November 2016. Graeae Theatre Company is a force for change in world-class theatre, breaking down barriers, challenging preconceptions and boldly placing disabled artists centre stage.

Exhibition / Performance

Practice as Research project: That Berlin Moment: Memory, Imagination and the Playwright

Dickenson, S. (2011). Practice as Research project: That Berlin Moment: Memory, Imagination and the Playwright

Practice as Research: Can’t Be Arsed: Autobiographical Memory and the Creation of an Adapted Script for Stage and Screen.

Dickenson, S. (2011). Practice as Research: Can’t Be Arsed: Autobiographical Memory and the Creation of an Adapted Script for Stage and Screen

Journal Article

The playwright and applied drama

Dickenson, S. J. (2015). The playwright and applied drama. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 20(3), 285-287. https://doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2015.1060122

After Cyclops: appropriating the chorus of Euripides when scriptwriting for applied drama

Dickenson, S. J. (2011). After Cyclops: appropriating the chorus of Euripides when scriptwriting for applied drama. Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 3(3), 291-304. doi:10.1386/jafp.3.3.291_7

The ‘Not Knowns’: memory, narrative and applied theatre

Conroy, C., Dickenson, S. J., & Mazzoni, G. (2018). The ‘Not Knowns’: memory, narrative and applied theatre. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 23(1), 56-72. https://doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2017.1398641

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Dickenson has recently supervised students working on applied drama and scriptwriting.