David Ian Rabey

David Ian Rabey is a Professor of Theatre and Theatre Practice at Aberystwyth University. He is also the Artistic Director of Lurking Truth (Gwir sy'n Llechu) Theatre Company for which he has written several plays including:

Land of My Fathers (first performed 2018), Lovefuries (first performed 2004), The Battle of the Crows (first performed 1998), Bite or Suck (first performed 1997) and The Back of Beyond (first performed 1996).

Professor Rabey has staged several of the plays of Howard Barker and has also written several publications on his work. He has also published textbooks on post-war English drama and analysis of the work of David Rudkin, Jez Butterworth and Alistair McDowall, as well as the wider studies Theatre, Time and Temporality and English Drama Since 1940.

Whilst at Aberystwyth University he has staged several productions with students and lectures on Contemporary British and Irish Drama.

Selected bibliography


  • Howard Barker: Politics and Desire (Palgrave Macmillan) 1989, 2009.
  • English Drama Since 1940 (Longman Literature in English) 2003.
  • David Rudkin: Sacred Disobedience - An Expository Study of His Drama, 1959-94 (Harwood/Routledge) 1997.
  • Theatre of Catastrophe: New Essays on Howard Barker (co-editor with Karoline Gritzner) (Oberon) 2006.
  • Howard Barker: Ecstasy and Death (Palgrave) 2009.
  • Howard Barker's Art of Theatre (co-editor with Sarah Goldingay) (Manchester UP) 2013.
  • The Theatre and Films of Jez Butterworth (Methuen Bloomsbury) 2015.
  • Theatre, Time and Temporality (Intellect Books) 2016.
  • Alistair McDowall's 'Pomona' (Routledge) 2018.


  • The Wye Plays: The Back of Beyond and The Battle of the Crows (Intellect Books) 2004.
  • Lovefuries: The Contracting Sea and The Hanging Judge, with Bite or Suck (Intellect Books) 2008.
  • Land of my Fathers (staged Aberystwyth Arts Centre at Theatr y Castell), 11 & 12 May 2018.

Further details on Lurking Truth can be found at the Theatre Wales website.

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