Dr Pete Phillips

Senior Lecturer in Theatre


Pete has been a Senior Lecturer in the Theatre Department since 2012.

His research focuses on the relationship between sport and contemporary performance, reflected in his PaR PhD thesis ‘Sports Commentary and the Performance Event: How Neoliberal Ideology Reframes Spectacles of Participation.’

He teaches on a range of subjects in the department including site-specific theatre, documenting performance, collaborative devising and live art.

Pete’s artistic practice is undertaken as part of collaborative live art duo, Search Party. Formed in 2005 Search Party’s work has encompassed theatre, live art, durational performance, participatory art, home video and performative writing.

Search Party’s work has been performed throughout the UK and Internationally, including Culturegest (Lisbon, Portugal), The National Review of Live Art (Glasgow, UK), ANTIfestival (Kuopio, Finland), Plateux (Frankfurt, Germany), Nuit Blanche (Amiens, France), PAD (Mainz, Germany), InTacto (Vitoria de Gadiz, Spain), ArtBatFest (Almaty, Kazakstan) and Junction Arts Festival (Launceston, Australia).

Search Party are also members of the Family Activist Network (FAN), a group of artists, academics and their families formed to consider family life and climate change through a variety of art activist formats.



Phillips, P. (2015) Search Party vs…: sports commentary, participation and the sport/art event. In ‘Contemporary Theatre Review’ Backpages 25.3. (Article)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P. (2014) My Son & Heir (Performance)

Hawkes, J, Francombe, B & Phillips, P (2011) Save Me: A Conversation across the City Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (Book)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P. (2011) Save Me (Performance)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P (2010) In Time: a Collection of Live Art Case Studies http://www.liveartuk.org/downloads (Article)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P. (2010) Growing Old With You (Performance)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P. (2008) Search Party vs… (Performance)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P (2008) The Corridor (Performance)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P. (2007) Keep Going the Rhino (Performance)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P. (2006) The Long Walk to the Performance (Performance)

PhD Supervision

Pete welcomes enquiries from prospective research students with an interest in the relationship between sport and contemporary performance.

Other department members

Vince Field
Theatre Manager

Vince Field has had creative blood flowing through his body since he was a child, and so at the age of sixteen “ran away to join the theatre” where expanding his knowledge in all aspects of the technical    (dark) side and his passion grew. Developing his skills working in theatres and an A/V company throughout the UK, Europe and America.

Robert Daniels
Senior Lecturer

Robert’s research interests include: “DIY” Theatre and Performance, UK-centric Performance Studies, Live Art, Interdisciplinary Devised Performance, Dance Theatre, Street Theatre and Site Specific A

Julia Thurston

Julie joined the Programme as Administrator in 2004

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