Frances Piper

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

New Adelphi Room 6.46

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Current positions

Director of Performance and Cultural Campus


After ten years working as a television and theatre director, Frances was offered the position of Senior Lecturer in Media Performance at The University of Salford. After several years in post she moved back into television, at Granada TV, and then became Head of the Arden School of Theatre, Manchester,  returning to The University of Salford (2006) where she now lectures in English and Drama.  She is also Joint Artistic Director of Ignition Stage Theatre Company. Her most recent production was Donal Fleet: A Confessional (Manchester Festival and Hampstead Theatre, London).

Publications/research interests: female Gothic literature; post-war and contemporary British drama; performance within and of literature/literary adaptation; screen adaptation. She is currently working with colleagues in Media and Business on the Digital Shakespeare project which aims to utilise Smart Phone/Web App technology in the teaching of Shakespeare in secondary schools.


  • Level 4 Introduction to Drama – lecture/seminar module
  • Level 5 Literature, Adaptation and the Screen: literature/film workshop/seminar module
  • Level 5 Theatre Adaptation: Writers and Devisers - drama/performance praxis workshop module
  • Level 5 The Female Gothic - literature & gender module.
  • Level 6 Director’s Workshop (Theatre) – drama/theatre/devising praxis
  • Level 6 British Theatre post-1950 – drama & gender module

Research Interests

New writing for the stage; adaptation/dramaturgy.

Joint Artistic Director, Ignition Stage Theatre Company.

Credits include:

When Medea Met Elvis (Adaptation/Devised/Director: 2003) The Robert Powell Theatre, Salford.

The Flies (Adaptation/Co-director: 2004) The Green Room Theatre, Manchester.

Mother Can You Hear Me (Devised/Director: 2005) Zion Arts Centre, Manchester.

Whose Dream is it Anyway? (Devised/Director: 2005) The Robert Powell Theatre, Salford.

The Opposite of Claustrophobic by Rob Johnson (Director: 2007) Didsbury Studio Theatre.

Donal Fleet: A Confessional by Sean Gregson (Director: 2009) Manchester Festival and The Hampstead Theatre, London.

Romeo XXXX (Adaptation/Devised/Director: 2010) Peel Park, Salford.

The Yellow Wallpaper (Adaptation/Director: 2011) Maxwell Studio, Salford.

The Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker (Director: 2012) Crescent Café, Salford.

Other research interests include:

  • The use of Smart Phone/Web App technology in teaching Shakespeare
  • Female Gothic literature and film
  • The work of Arthur Hopcraft – adapter and screenwriter

Qualifications and Memberships


  • Member of NAWE