Andrew Quick

Dr Andrew Quick


Andrew Quick studied English and Philosophy at Newcastle University and trained as a theatre director at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff in 1984. Having worked professionally in making and touring experimental performance, he returned to academic study in 1989, completing a PhD investigating the histories and languages of contemporary British experimental performance at Bristol University. He has been teaching at Lancaster since 1991, where he runs undergraduate courses in the areas of Experimental Performance as well as teaching on practical units. Quick is also a founder member of imitating the dog, an Arts Council funded performance company that tours nationally and internationally.

His written academic work is closely bound up with contemporary art practices and much of his writing on performance, photography and installation investigates concepts of space, play, technology, documentation, scenography and performance ethics. He is the author of The Wooster Group Work Book (Routledge, 2007), the first major publication on this leading New York theatre company since David Savran's Breaking the Rules (1986). He was co-editor of Shattered Anatomies (ArnolfiniLive, 1997), Time and Value (Blackwell, 1998) and On Memory (Routledge, 2000). Quick is currently a member of the AHRC peer review college.



Quick researches into four main areas: contemporary experimental art practice, with an emphasis on performance, installation and photography; documentation and process in performance; performance ethics; and practice-based research. He has published on Forced Entertainment, Impact Theatre, The Wooster Group, Fiona Templeton, Yoko Ono, Robert Longo, Tony Oursler, Willie Doherty, Victoria Theatre, Ken Feingold, Dennis Oppenheim, desperate optimists, Richard Foreman. Quick's practice-based research has primarily been pursued in collaboration with Leeds based theatre company imitating the dog. He has co-written and directed with long time collaborator Pete Brooks a number of works that include The Zero Hour (2012), 6 Degrees Below the Horizon (2011), Tales From the Bar of Lost Souls (2010), and Hotel Methuselah (2006/7). This research interrogates contemporary notions of narrative and screen technologies and the relationships between live and recorded presences.

'Sea Breeze' Selected as Guardian number one show of 2014

24th Feb 2015
It was lovely to see that Alfred Hickling, one of 'The Guardian's' theatre critics selected Sea Breeze as his number one show of 2014. Sea Breeze Winter Gardens, Morecambe

Ruinous Theatre: An article written for Sea Breeze publication

5th Dec 2014
It is no accident that Terry Gilliam’s time traveling hero James Cole finds himself holed up in a disused theatre in his gloriously flawed film, Twelve Monkeys (1995). In a movie about the mutating possibilities of time travel set against the context of global catastrophe the scenes in the dilapidated Philadelphia...

Trailer for Sea Breeze now available on line

10th Oct 2014
Atmospheric video of performance of Sea Breeze really captures the spirit of the week in Morecambe. This trailer is part of a full length recording of the work that will be complemented by a documentary exploring the experience of putting the piece together.  Watch this space.  

Sea Breeze National Press Coverage

30th Sep 2014
Great reviews from The Guardian Sea Breeze has been recieving some great press coverage from the national newspapers.  Alfred Hickling really captured the spirit of the work in his insightful review in last week's edition.   See the following links: