PositionDoctoral Researcher
InstitutionUniversity of Warwick
DisciplineTheatre Studies; Criminology; Sociology
AffiliationsNational Crime Agency; Crown Prosecution Service; Out of Joint Theatre Company
Twitter@WKnightTheatre
Other linksLinkedIn; www.whiteknighttheatre.com
Contactalison.porter@warwick.ac.uk

Personal Bio

Alison began her PhD research at Warwick University in October 2019 funded by a CADRE scholarship after a career in business and the criminal justice sector. She is researching a PhD by practice in verbatim theatre on the subject of Modern Slavery. Her first degree was in Modern Languages (French and German) from the University of Leeds and her MA (with distinction) was in Creative Entrepreneurship from the University of East Anglia. She also studied at London Business School and the University of Leipzig. She has been a non-executive director for a number of Government Agencies including the National Crime Agency and the Crown Prosecution Service and is a trustee for the theatre companies Out of Joint and Told by an Idiot. Alison is also a playwright and poet and was long-listed for the National Poetry Prize in 2015 and 2019.

Research Profile

Alison is using Practice as Research to create a verbatim play about human trafficking and modern slavery amongst car wash workers and sex workers trafficked from Albania. She is interested in the ethics of using the stories of real living people in theatre and the role of artistic mediation in creating plays from verbatim speech.

Projects

Currently working with the charity The Medaille Trust (refuge for survivors of modern slavery) on a series of monologues telling the story of women trafficked from Albania.

Publications

 ‘A Tramp’. Found Plays, The Royal Court. 2014.
‘Carwash (It’s not my name)’. One Festival Monologues, The Space Theatre, Docklands, 2013.
‘Borgia’s Kitchen’. Film Trailer Competition Runner Up, ENO. 2011.
‘Late Bus’. Camden Peoples Theatre and UEA Studio, 2008.

‘The Neighbours Child’ longlisted for the National Poetry Prize 2019
‘Cycle’ longlisted for the National Poetry Prize, 2015.
‘Daddy’s Shoes’, Caterpillar Magazine, 2016.
‘An Old Friend’ Tremble, The University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize anthology, 2016.