About Oliver Bray
Oliver joined Leeds Beckett University in 2006 and has been the Head of Performing Arts since 2014.
Oliver’s current research interests stem from his professional practice in contemporary performance but are necessarily inherently interdisciplinary in nature. As a theatre maker and practice-led researcher, his current interests include methodologies of restriction and constraint, representations of trauma in performance, and the role of ‘the text’ in performance.
Oliver’s well-respected professional practice has toured nationally and internationally to venues and festivals including Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Romania; In between Time, Bristol; and the National Review of Live Art, Glasgow. His performance work seeks always to be genuinely innovative and edgy, while remaining unapologetically inclusive, eminently watchable and often quite a bit funny.
BA (Hons) Performance
- Performance Project 3: The Self
- Performance Matters 1
- Artist Project Minor
- Placement Project
- Festival Project
Oliver’s edited book Voicing Trauma & Truth: Narratives of Disruption and Transformation (2013) represents the interdisciplinary nature of his research, bringing together research from many disciplines including performance, psychoanalysis, political science and poetry.
Oliver is currently undertaking a long research project that involves a deep study of the ethos and methodology of writing group the Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle (roughly translated from French as the Workshop of Potential Literature, or the OuLiPo). In a comparative study he’s using the constraint-driven techniques of the OuLiPo to inform a practical interrogation of their theatrical equivalence. The results include; three original pieces of performance work, each approaching the issue of ‘performance constraints’ in radically different ways; and the development of several unique performance making strategies.