Dr David Cottis


NameDr David Cottis
Job titleSenior Lecturer in Scriptwriting
Research institute
Primary appointmentSchool of Film
Email addressd.cottis@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4757-5552
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

David Cottis is Senior Lecturer in Scriptwriting and Programme Leader for BA Film at Middlesex University.  He received his Ph. D from Birkbeck College.  He is also a theatre director, writer, lyricist, and dramaturg, most recently working with James Martin Charlton on the horror play Black Stone for Just Some Theatre Company.   His five-actor adaptation of Oliver Twist was taken on national tour by the Love and Madness Company, his short plays Cash and Semolina were seen at the Royal Court Theatre, London, and his opera libretto She Stops at Costa's was shortlisted for the English National Opera's 'New Voices' project. He has edited A Dirty Broth and A Ladder of Words, two anthologies of Twentieth-Century Welsh Plays in English for the Parthian Press, and wrote the chapter on Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical.  His book How Stage Playwrights Saved the British Cinema 1930-1956 will be published by Bloomsbury Academic Publishers in 2024. 

 

Teaching

David teaches scriptwriting across the Film Programme, including the first-year module Story and Aesthetics, and the Second and Third Year Skills Development Module.  He has also taught on the Creative Writing and Animation Programmes.

Education and qualifications

Grants

Prizes and Awards

Research outputs

M.R.James and Nigel Kneale

Cottis, D. 2024. M.R.James and Nigel Kneale. Sequestered Places, Heaving Seas: The Life and Works of M.R.James. University of Suffolk 30 - 30 Apr 2024

Beloved in London, ignored in New York: Starlight Express and We Will Rock You

Cottis, D. 2023. Beloved in London, ignored in New York: Starlight Express and We Will Rock You. in: The Oxford Handbook of the Global Stage Musical New York Oxford University Press (OUP). pp. 429-448

The Wicker Man and Anthony Shaffer

Cottis, D. The Wicker Man and Anthony Shaffer. Don't Keep the Wicker Man Waiting: Folk Horror 50 Years After The Wicker Man. Dukes Cinema, Lancaster 27 - 27 Oct 2023

Scream and Scream Again

Cottis, D. 2023. Scream and Scream Again. Horrified Magazine.

Shakespeare and Wales

Cottis, D. 2023. Shakespeare and Wales. Willow Globe First Folio Festival

Review of The Motive and the Cue

Cottis, D. 2023. Review of The Motive and the Cue. Wales Arts Review.

Dr Jekyll and/or Mr Hyde: The two versions of David Edgar's stage adaptation

Cottis, D. 2023. Dr Jekyll and/or Mr Hyde: The two versions of David Edgar's stage adaptation. Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance. 16 (1-2), pp. 7-19. https://doi.org/10.1386/jafp_00086_1

Romeo and Julie: or The Corn is Always Greener

Cottis, D. 2023. Romeo and Julie: or The Corn is Always Greener. Wales Arts Review.

Review of Something in the Air (Jermyn Street Theatre)

Cottis, D. 2022. Review of Something in the Air (Jermyn Street Theatre). Wales Arts Review.

Clemence Dane's Broome Stages - novel and play

Cottis, D. 2022. Clemence Dane's Broome Stages - novel and play. From treading boards to the Book Society: Clemence Dane and her circle in the 1920s-1950s. Senate House, University of London 06 - 07 Oct 2022

Review of Wales at the Edinburgh Fringe

Cottis, D. 2022. Review of Wales at the Edinburgh Fringe. Wales Arts Review.

Dracula's Daughter - the umade, unmakeable script

Cottis, D. 2022. Dracula's Daughter - the umade, unmakeable script. Shadow Screens: Unmade, Unseen, Unreleased Film and Television conference. Sheffield Hallam University

Building a text for actors and AR (Backpages 32.1)

Charlton, J., Cottis, D. and Moar, M. 2022. Building a text for actors and AR (Backpages 32.1). Contemporary Theatre Review. 32 (1), pp. 112-115. https://doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2022.2009659

Review of The Corn is Green (National Theatre)

Cottis, D. 2022. Review of The Corn is Green (National Theatre). Wales Arts Review.

Review of Milky Peaks (Theatr Clwyd)

Cottis, D. 2022. Review of Milky Peaks (Theatr Clwyd). Wales Arts Review.

What does non-chronological storytelling tell us about the nature of cinema?

Cottis, D. 2021. What does non-chronological storytelling tell us about the nature of cinema? Narrative, Media and Cognition VI – Reconfigurations: New Narrative Challenges of the Moving Image. Theatre and Film School, Lisbon Polytechnic Institute, Portugal 14 - 16 Oct 2021

Review of Under Milk Wood (National Theatre)

Cottis, D. 2021. Review of Under Milk Wood (National Theatre). Wales Arts Review.

The Astonished Heart: A study in failure

Cottis, D. 2021. The Astonished Heart: A study in failure. Noel Coward: Past, Present and Future. University of Birmingham

Review of The Picture of Dorian Gray (Theatr Clwyd, online)

Cottis, D. 2021. Review of The Picture of Dorian Gray (Theatr Clwyd, online). Wales Arts Review.

Scarred for life volume two: TV in the 1980's [Review]

Cottis, D. 2021. Scarred for life volume two: TV in the 1980's [Review]. Wales Arts Review.

Bond at the Olympics: On Her Majesty's (Public) Service [Blog post]

Cottis, D. 2020. Bond at the Olympics: On Her Majesty's (Public) Service [Blog post]. A MediaCommons project In Media Res.

A ladder of words: mid-twentieth century Welsh plays in English

Cottis, D. (ed.) 2020. A ladder of words: mid-twentieth century Welsh plays in English. Parthian Books.

Review of The Wind of Heaven (Finborough Theatre) [Review]

Cottis, D. 2019. Review of The Wind of Heaven (Finborough Theatre) [Review]. Wales Arts Review.

Review of Maggie May (Finborough Theatre)

Cottis, D. 2019. Review of Maggie May (Finborough Theatre). Wales Arts Review.

Theatre: A Recipe for Sloe Gin (Clock Tower) [Review]

Cottis, D. 2018. Theatre: A Recipe for Sloe Gin (Clock Tower) [Review]. Wales Arts Review.

TV: BBC's King Lear [Review]

Cottis, D. 2018. TV: BBC's King Lear [Review]. Wales Arts Review.

The Boring Conference 2018

Cottis, D. 2018. The Boring Conference 2018. Wales Arts Review.

Richard III Programme note (Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff)

Cottis, D. 2016. Richard III Programme note (Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff). Chpater Arts Centre, Cardiff Chpater Arts Centre, Cardiff.

Theatre of Blood programme notes (Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff)

Cottis, D. 2016. Theatre of Blood programme notes (Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff). Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

Towards a British concept musical: the shows of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse

Cottis, D. 2017. Towards a British concept musical: the shows of Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. in: Gordon, R. and Jubin, O. (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of the British Musical New York Oxford University Press (OUP). pp. 309-330

Character as medium; Don Quixote, Hamlet, Superman, Citizen Kane and the Doctor

Cottis, D. 2013. Character as medium; Don Quixote, Hamlet, Superman, Citizen Kane and the Doctor. Walking in Eternity: the first academic conference on Doctor Who. University of Hertfordshire
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