Dr Adam Strickson

Dr Adam Strickson


Director, poet, script writer and librettist with an extensive professional portfolio. I specialise in intercultural, visual and applied theatre. Currently working on contemporary adaptations for music-theatre of Chinese classical drama and large scale puppetry with 6 million + Charitable Trust. Trained at Dartington College of Arts (Theatre), Sunderland Polytechnic (Sculpture) and the University of Huddersfield (Poetry). Practice-based PhD in 'The librettist's adaptation of source incollaboration with the composer' with the University of Leeds (Schools of PCI & Music) and Opera North.I have been working as a freelance writer and producerfor 15 years and have taught at PCI throughout this time. I am a director, poet, script writer and librettist, and have enjoyed thirty years working in professional theatre, mainly within an intercultural context. Two of my poetry collections have been published: An Indian Rug Surprised by Snow (2005) and Tear up the lace (2011). I was poet in residence at the Ilkley Literature Festival in 2005, writer in residence for the town of Boston in 2006 and schools poet in residence for Bridlington Poetry Festival in 2010. Lead artist for the imove Cultural Olympiad project Wingbeats from 2009 to 2013.I collaborate with composers and Green Angel, composed by Lauren Redhead, premiered in 2011. Iwas the writer and director of Amys Last Dive, a new opera composed by BBC Composer of the Year Cheryl Frances-Hoad for the Cultural Olympiad/Ludus Festival and the librettist for Cheryl's dramatic cantata, 'Sailing to the Marvellous', commissioned for the 900th anniversary of Bridlington Priory in 2013.In 2014, Iwas artist in residence from February to July at Dewsbury Country Park for Kirklees Council and the Yorkshire Festival. After an early career as a performer and maker with theatre companies like Horse and Bamboo and Satellite Arts, I co-founded Chol Theatre, the pioneering inter-cultural company based in Kirklees, and was artistic director for 13 years until 2002. I led projects throughout the north of England and in India and Bangladesh. I have written plays for the Oldham Coliseum, Peshkar Productions, Chol and an acclaimed trilogy for Burnley Youth Theatre.   Current Teaching MA Writing for Performance and Publication (Writing for Theatre and Radio - module leader, Individual Project, Research Project) MA Applied Theatre and Intervention (Applied Theatre Practices) BA courses: 3rd year: Independent Research Project, Performance Project. 2ndyear:Creative Practice - Applied Theatre in Intercultural Contexts, Performance Histories,1st Year: Studio Practices. Personal tutor for undergraduate and MA students. Academic representative for the School of PCI on the Staging China International Research network.

Research interests

Opera and music-theatre adapted from Japanese theatre forms and film. 16th and 17th century Chinese theatre forms, especially the work of playwright Tang Xianzu. The aesthetics and craft of writing libretti for opera and music-theatre. The relationship between the body, landscape and words for music. The collaboration between poet-librettist William Plomer and composer, Benjamin Britten. Developing theatre and performance from contemporary life stories. Intercultural theatre, especially in South Asian and British Asian contexts. Writing about the natural world. Large scale puppetry/Expressionism. International pedagogy for Theatre and Performance.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Professional memberships

  • National Association of Writers in Education.

Student education

Admissions lead: undergraduate and MA taught.

I teach at all levels, from Year 1 undergraduates to PhD supervision. Courses: BA Theatre and Performance; MA Writing for Performance and Publication; MA Performance Design; MA Applied Theatre and Intervention.

Research groups and institutes

  • Performance, Training, Preparation & Pedagogy
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>