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Jane Arnfield

Associate Professor

Department: Arts


ADSS J Arnfield Facultystaff 255Jane Arnfield was born in Stockport and trained at Dartington College of Arts graduating with a BA (Hons) in Theatre; she has been a theatre practitioner for the past twenty four years.

As a performer, examples of Jane’s work include Northern Stage Ensemble under the direction of Alan Lyddiard and Erica Whyman. Method and Madness with Mike Alfreds and Shakespeare’s Globe London, New York where Jane played Imogen in Cymbeline opposite Mark Rylance.

As a member of the David Glass Ensemble Jane has worked as a performer and Project Leader on the Lost Child Project in South East Asia, South America and Europe. Leading projects with partners British Council, British Embassy and world leading NGOs Mith Samlanh, Save the Children and World Vision.

The theme of her three solo performance pieces since 2003 have been to investigate the form of biographical and auto biographical theatre. Collecting data of survival mechanisms deployed by human beings in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. Jane has been working on the adaptation and performance of The Tin Ring with Mike Alfreds since 2010.

2003 Geneva, collaboration with Quarantine directed by Richard Gregory, was researched at Everest base camp and Pheriche Hospital with climbers and medical staff. Jane’s research explored the effects of high altitude on the body and the extreme conditions individuals endure in order to climb mountains.

2008 The Gymnast researched the Cambodian genocide through testimonials from the Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC- Cam) archives. Directed by the late Nigel Charnock and produced by Empty Space the performance played the Edinburgh Festival in 2008 and was selected for the MI Singapore Arts Festival 2010.

2010 The Tin Ring by Zdenka Fantlová, originated and adapted from the book by Mike Alfreds and Jane Arnfield, performed by Jane Arnfield and produced by Human Remain. Zdenka Fantlová is one of a handful of Holocaust survivors still alive today. This is her story, born in Czechoslovakia Zdenka was 17 when the war began and the ring of the title was given to her by Arno her first love.  Zdenka kept it with her as a symbol of truth and hope from Terezin to Bergen Belsen. 

Jane was the Artistic Director for Newcastle upon Tyne’s Holocaust Memorial Event 2010/11. Jane is currently an Associate Artist with the Cambodian Documentation Centre (DC-Cam) and member of the Sleuk Rith museum team in Phnom Penh under the direction of Youk Chhang.

Jane is also an Associate Artist at Summerhall Edinburgh

  • Professional Actor, Director and Facilitator for over 24 years working in theatres nationally and internationally
  • Creation of her own company, Human Remain, in 2012 to promote her individual research
  • Development of highly acclaimed production The Tin Ring in 2009 which is currently touring nationally and internationally
  • Sell out run of The Tin Ring at 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Development of The Tin Ring website  
  • Achieved with The Tin Ring national press, radio and TV coverage features on BBC TV and BBC Radio including Woman's Hour and The Culture show on BBC4
  • Interviews and extensive articles in The Times, Guardian and Observer plus extensive regional, national and international press coverage of the performance and the impact of the research on the public and academic sector


  • BA (Hons) September 01 1984
  • Full Member Equity 1988

Key Publications

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  • Six Researchers in Search of A Meaning In Lockdown: A Collective Essay (RN03), Nurse, L., O'Neill, M., Arnfield, J., Epp, A., Sidiropulu-Janků, K., Waniek, K. 2 Jun 2020
  • The Trial of Faith, Arnfield, J. Jan 2018
  • Year of Wonders, Alfreds, M., Arnfield, J. Jun 2018
  • Suitcase of Survival: Performance, Biography and Intercultural Education, Arnfield, J. 24 Aug 2017, Going Performative In Intercultural Education , Bristol, Multilingual Matters
  • Take Your Seats, Pavey, E., Morehead, S., Arnfield, J., Turner, P., Atkinson, D., Lennox, S., Rubidge, T., Pagliaro, L., Street, K., Kennedy, A., Kerr, D., Kefala-Kerr, J., Rann, K., Hoile, C., Hoile, M., Blades, H., Hubbold, G., Driscoll, T., Bratby, B., Eatough, A. 6 Feb 2016
  • The Fall, Arnfield, J., Rubin, L., Doherty, K. Aug 2016
  • The Tin Ring, Arnfield, J. 3 May 2016
  • A Perfect and Absolute Blank, Lee, R., Borland, C., Arnfield, J., Johnston, S. 16 Oct 2015
  • BxNU Symposium: Cloudscape Responding to the theme of memory in the work of Lorna Simpson, Johnston, S., Borland, C., Arnfield, J. Jun 2014
  • The Tin Ring - A work in progress, Arnfield, J. 2012

PGR Supervision

Alice Potter Start: 01/10/2019


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