Meryl Hopwood

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Position:​Senior Lecturer in Drama
​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
​ Telephone:​029 2041 6594
​Room No:​B118



Research Groups:
• Pedagogy And Andragogy Research Group (PARG)
• Arts And Humanities Research Group (AHRG)     

Society for Theatre Research
• Centre for Performance Research

Research interests:
Theatre in Education
• Edward Bond


Conference Papers:
Hopwood.M. (2008) “A Political Theatre: Theatre in Education following the 1985 Miner’s Strike” Joint South East Wales History/Politics conference 27.06.08

Hopwood.M (2012) “‘Education is nothing less than corruption’: The child and experience.” Bond@50conference, Warwick University, 02.11.12


After studying theatre at Dartington College of Arts, Meryl initially worked as an actor and administrator with WOT Theatre, a young people’s theatre company based in Cardiff. This led to a number of projects working with drama and young people in the South Wales area. Meryl joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2007 as a lecturer in Secondary Drama after working for a number of years as a lecturer in Performing Arts and Education in the Further Education sector. She completed an MA by Research in 2010 looking at Theatre in Education as a form of political theatre. She is currently enrolled on an MPhil/PhD exploring Edward Bond’s use of the figure of the adolescent in his Birmingham plays.

Meryl teaches a number of modules on BA (Hons) English and Drama, BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing and BA (Hons) Educational Studies and Drama programmes. These include:

• Drama Perspectives
• Theatre Practitioners
• Directing Approaches
• Scriptwriting
• Post-War British Drama
• Performance Praxis

Further Information

Board member and Trustee : Spectacle Theatre

External Examiner: Glyndwr University