Victoria Lowe

Victoria Lowe

Dr, Senior Lecturer Drama and Film Studies

  • Senior Lecturer in Drama and Film Studies , Drama
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Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Film Studies. My interest is in Film History, specialising in British Cinema, Screen Acting and the relationship between Film and the other Arts. I have a particular interest in archives and have used them in my research (eg. Robert Donat archive, Basil Dean, C. A Lejeune archive in JRULM and Jocelyn Herbert archive, Univeresity of the Arts, London). Prior to becoming a Lecturer in Drama and Screen Studies, I worked as a producer in Drama across radio, television and film. I was also a script reader for BBC Wales and the  BBC Radio Drama Department in Manchester and Film Education Manager at FACT in Liverpool. I  have a PGCE in Drama and English from the University of Aberystwyth.

Research interests

My research interests include; stage/screen adaptation: theatricality in the cinema; intermediality; screen acting and stardom and the voice in cinema. I welcome any proposals for post-graduate study in these areas.

My thesis examined the relationship between performance and stardom in British Cinema in the 1930s, drawing extensively on the collection of the actor Robert Donat's personal papers in the Donat Archive, John Rylands University Library, Manchester. This was an interdisciplinary project which considered the relationships between both theatre and film and acting and stardom, in the process challenging the notion of film as a predominantly visual medium by looking at the role of the actor's voice, both as a signifying and performance practice.

Current research projects:

 1. Adapating Performance: Stage and Screen. 80, 000 word monograph for Intellect. 

Further information

Current/recent teaching:

My teaching interests cover Contemporary British Cinema, the relationships between stage and screen, screen acting, and contemporary UK performance practices. .


DRAM 30171: Between Stage and Screen
DRAM 10032: Art of Film 
DRAM 20031: Contemporary British Cinema 
DRAM 30222: Screen Acting and Stardom 



MA: Options

Beyond the Method:Traditions in Screen Performance
Research Tools and Methods: Archive Methodology.

Contemporary British Cinema

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Creative Manchester


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