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Dr Fred Dalmasso

Senior Lecturer in Drama & Performance

Institute of Humanities

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tel: 01905 855452

My main areas of research are practice-based theatre translation and the relationship between performance, theatre, philosophy and politics.

I am currently writing a monograph entitled Theatres of Inexistance - a cross-examination of French philosopher Alain Badiou’s theatre, philosophy and politics and their potential traces in contemporary performance. I am also editing a book entitled Syncope in Visual and Performing Arts in response to Catherine Clément’s 1994 seminal book Syncope - The philosophy of Rapture for the Via Artis series (Paris, Editions Le Manuscrit, 2016).
I have published articles with Roger Baines (University of East Anglia) on our collaborative research on practice-based theatre translation with performance poet David “Stickman” Higgins and I recently devised a performance installation based on our translation Koltès’ In The Solitude of the Cotton Fields inviting participants to perform Koltès rhythm that was programmed as part of the Biennale Bernard-Marie Koltès in Metz in October 2014.

I trained at the École du Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris) and have worked as an actor, theatre director and producer in France and Ireland. Founding member of collect-ifs (, I have recently devised, with John Schad (University of Lancaster), a stage adaptation of his documentary novel Someone Called Derrida - a real-life murder mystery that focuses on not only the famous French philosopher, Jacques Derrida’s complex relationship to Oxford but also the final years in the life of John Schad’s father - years overwhelmed by dementia, nightmare and memories of, inter alia, the public school at which he had boarded during the Second World War. Last Train to Oxford premiered at the Oxford Playhouse in 2012, was programmed at Lancaster LitFest 2012, performed at several venues in the UK, including The Ortus in London in October 2013 with support from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and more recently at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford in June 2015.

I recently started to work with film more and I am currently filming and editing a documentary film based on John Schad’s novel The Late Walter Benjamin, set in 1948 on London-overspill council estate South Oxhey. The film ‘Nowhere Near Utopia’ documents the lives of bombed-out Londoners and that of newcomers to the estate. It focuses not only on the very early days of the estate but also the racial and political tensions experienced there in the 1970s and how those tensions resonate with the estate as it is today. As a screenwriter, I mainly work with French film director Philippe Chapuis; our adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s The Fox has won two national screenwriting awards from the Centre National du Cinéma (France), has been produced by Perspective Films (Paris) and was broadcast on the French national channel television FR3 in 2014 and 2015.

For my teaching, I develop practice-based approaches to philosophy and politics through theatre and performance, drawing from my practice-based research on theatre translation and adaptation and work as a writer and practitioner.

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Specialist Teaching Areas

Performance and Politics
European Theatre and Performance
Adaptation for Stage & Film
Directing & Devising

Specialist Research Areas

Theatre, performance and philosophy
Theatre, performance and politics
Practice-based theatre translation



Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

llow of the Higher Education Academy (PR082869)
SociÈtÈ des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD)
TaPRA Theatre, Performance and Philosophy Working Group (co-convenor)
International Platform for Performer Training
Performance-Philosophy network
PSi Performance and Philosophy Working Group
Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD)




2016 - ‘Badiou's Theatrical State’ in Katsouraki, Eve and Watt, Daniel (eds.) Thinking Theatre, Performing Philosophy (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

2015 - ‘Koltès et la violence du rythme’ in André Petitjean (ed.) La Violence chez Koltès (Metz: CRESEF)

2013 - ‘Badiou’s Spectator-Subject and Fireworks Politics’ in Performance Research (On Fire), Volume 18 Issue 1, pp. 77-83 

2014 - ‘Badiou's Theatrical State’ in Watt, D. (eds.) Theatre, Performance and Philosophy (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012) 

2010 – (with Dr Roger Baines, UEA) ‘Musical realisations: a performance-based translation of rhythm in Koltès’ Dans la solitude des champs de coton’ in Baines, R., Marinetti C., and Perteghella M. (eds) Staging Translation: Text and Theatre Practice. (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan) pp. 49-71

2007 – (with Roger Baines, UEA) ‘A Text on Trial: the translation and adaptation of Adel Hakim's Exécuteur 14’ in Salama-Carr, M. (ed.) Translation and Conflict, Special Issue of Social Semiotics, Volume 17 Issue 2, pp. 229-256.