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Tuesday, September 3
 

6:00pm BST

PG/ECR Pre-conference Meet Up
For PGs and ECRs arriving early, on the evening before the conference, we invite you to join us for an informal social at The Dinosaur Café. The café is only a five-minute walk from the Drama Department based at Thornlea and a short distance from either Exeter St David’s or Exeter Central train stations. It has been booked from 6pm onwards. There is no need to confirm, simply drop by and join us.  
 
Venue Details: 
The Dinosaur Café  
5 New North Road 
Exeter EX4 4HH 

Tuesday September 3, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm BST
Dinosaur Café
 
Wednesday, September 4
 

10:00am BST

TaPRA Executive Meeting
This meeting is only for members of the TaPRA Executive Committee named below, and those invited for timed business, with agenda and papers accessed viashared online folder. The Committee will be discussing final conference arrangements as well as the agenda for the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The minutes of all TaPRA Executive Committee meetings for 2018-19 (including draft minutes for this meeting) will be available for members to read with the AGM agenda.

TaPRA Exec and Working Group C...
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Anna Harpin

TaPRA Exec: Working Group Co-ordinator
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Broderick D.V. Chow

TaPRA Exec: Research Officer (incoming)
Broderick D.V. Chow is Senior Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University London. His research concerns questions of theatricality, performance, and the sporting body. From 2016-2018 he was Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project Dynamic Tensions: New Masculinities in the Performance... Read More →
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Cathy Sloan

TaPRA Exec: Postgraduate Representative
Cathy Sloan is an applied theatre-maker, teacher and performance researcher.She was Associate and later Artistic Director of Outside Edge Theatre Company, devising performances with, by and for people in recovery from addiction. Her recent publications address the ethics and politics... Read More →
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Claire Hampton

TaPRA Exec: Working Group Co-ordinator (incoming), Convenor: Bodies and Performance, University of Wolverhampton
Claire Hampton is a PhD candidate at Brunel University London and Senior Lecturer at University of Wolverhampton. Her current research employs a performance studies paradigm to interrogate the ontology and performativity of selfies from a feminist materialist perspective. She will... Read More →
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Hannah Greenstreet

TaPRA Exec: Postgraduate Representative
Hannah Greenstreet is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, researching realism and feminism in contemporary theatre. She won the 2016 TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prize and is TaPRA Postgraduate Representative. Her work has been published in Studies in Theatre... Read More →
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Jo Scott

TaPRA Exec: Conference Officer, Convenor: Performance and New Technologies
Jo Scott is an intermedial practitioner-researcher and lecturer at the University of Salford. Her first monograph, Intermedial Praxis and PaR, was published in 2016 and she has contributed writing to a range of recent publications. Jo’s current research project is exploring the... Read More →
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Katie Beswick

TaPRA Exec: Communications Officer
Katie Beswick is a Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter. She is interested in how class plays out through theatre practices, in the relationship between places and performance, and in sex, sexuality and hip hop. She writes for the music magazine Loud & Quiet, and has published... Read More →
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Konstantinos Thomaidis

TaPRA Exec: Working Group Co-ordinator, Convenor: Sound, Voice and Music
Dr Konstantinos Thomaidis is Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter. He is joint editor of the Routledge Voice Studies series and the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies. His publications include Voice Studies (2015, Routledge), Theatre & Voice (2017, Palgrave... Read More →
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Patrick Duggan

TaPRA Exec: Secretary
Patrick is a performance scholar interested in what cultural production is it ‘for’ politically, socially, culturally and aesthetically. His research is interested to look not only at contemporary aesthetic practice but also at events in everyday life that we might analyse as... Read More →
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Roberta Mock

TaPRA Exec: Chair
Roberta Mock is Professor of Performance Studies and Director of the Doctoral College at the University of Plymouth. She is also the Chair of TaPRA. Roberta is a veteran of four UK research assessment exercises, has written and led submissions in two, and has been a member of her... Read More →
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Sally Smerdon

TaPRA Administrator
Sally Smerdon joined TaPRA as an administrator just under a year ago and also works in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, as an Assistant Administrator for Research and Creative Industries at The University of Plymouth.
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Tom Cornford

TaPRA Exec: Working Group Co-ordinator
Tom Cornford is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London; Associate Editor of Studies in Theatre and Performance, and a director and dramaturg. His research focuses on relationships between the practices of theatre-making... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 10:00am - 11:45am BST
Roborough: Meeting Room

11:00am BST

Tea and Coffee
Wednesday September 4, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm BST
Forum: Street

11:00am BST

Registration
On arrival at the conference, please register as soon as possible. You’ll be given a conference pack which includes a reduced version of the information on these pages, including a basic schedule and a campus map, and a reusable water bottle. You will also find a set of provocations for interaction and contemplation, designed by Stephen Hodge for use between timetabled conference events, please click here for further details. 
 
You will also be given a name badge, and there will be a range of  ‘preferred pronoun’ stickers available at the registration desk, which you can opt to add to your badge should you wish other delegates to be aware of your preferred pronouns. 

The TaPRA administrator, Sally Smerdon, will normally be available at the registration desk. Please liaise with her if you have any questions or concerns.

Wednesday September 4, 2019 11:00am - 5:00pm BST
Forum: Street

12:00pm BST

PG/ECR Welcome Event
This is the official welcome event organised by the PGR/ECR representatives for all postgraduate and early career delegates.  
 
For those new to TaPRA, there will be a brief introduction to how the conference operates, the role of the PGR/ECR representatives and the other postgraduate information. We will also facilitate an activity to connect with peers and develop your networking skills. Feel free to bring business cards if you have them. 
 
After registering, please collect a packed lunch bag from the Forum building. Student guides will show you to our venue. 

Wednesday September 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
Roborough: RS1

12:00pm BST

Lunch
There will be a packed lunch available for you from 12 noon, close to the conference registration desk and publishers' stands. There are seating areas available both inside (on floor 1) and outside the Forum. There is also a Pret and a mini-market inside the Forum, should you wish to supplement conference refreshments with other purchases. 

If you are a postgraduate or early career researcher, please pick up your lunch and bring it to the Welcome event – our conference helpers will direct you to the PG/ECR Welcome event location.

Wednesday September 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
Forum: Street

1:00pm BST

Conference Opening and ECR Keynote
Professor Roberta Mock, Chair of TaPRA, will open and welcome you to the conference. She will also be announcing the winners of the following 2019 TaPRA Prizes & Awards, including the David Bradby Award, Editing Prize, Early Career Researcher Prize and Postgraduate Essay Prizes.

Professor Kate Newey, Chair of the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD), will also be speaking briefly on the state of the discipline and will point to how SCUDD and TaPRA work together to represent UK research and researchers in theatre and performance.

The opening keynote will be presented by Dr Margherita Laera, winner of the 2018 TaPRA Early Career Researcher Prize. She will speaking on the topic, "Be My Guest? Practising Reciprocal Hospitality Through Theatre Translation".

Presenters
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Margherita Laera

ECR Keynote Speaker
Be My Guest? Practicing Reciprocal Hospitality Through Theatre Translation   This paper mobilises the notion of hospitality as a metaphor to establish theatre translation as an ethical and political practice that can contribute to a more inclusive and equal world on... Read More →

TaPRA Exec and Working Group C...
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Roberta Mock

TaPRA Exec: Chair
Roberta Mock is Professor of Performance Studies and Director of the Doctoral College at the University of Plymouth. She is also the Chair of TaPRA. Roberta is a veteran of four UK research assessment exercises, has written and led submissions in two, and has been a member of her... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm BST
Forum: Alumni Auditorium

2:15pm BST

Working Group Session 1: Applied and Social Theatre
Theorising Horizons of Possibilities, Openings, and Futures in Applied Theatre Practice

Session Title: Beginnings

Presenters
JM

Jess McCormack

City Conversations: preparing participants for embodied dialogue in urban sited performance  Writing about applied performance projects, Helen Nicholson reminds us that applied performance practices can ‘create a sense of belonging through the social networks and friendships... Read More →
KS

Kate Scarlett Duffy and Rebecca Hayes Laughton

Truths on whose terms? The significance of beginnings in theatre and performance work with refugee and asylum seekers in the UK  When arts practitioners begin theatre and drama projects in social or applied theatre settings, the language used to state their aims can be simultaneously... Read More →
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Jennifer Goddard

In terms of the theatres of learning disability, there are only new beginnings.  Writing in 2009, Palmer and Hayhow state that ‘[w]hilst there is an admirable and growing body of literature on learning disability, and also on drama therapy and other therapeutic applications... Read More →
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Lyndsey Bakewell and Antonia Liguori

‘I passed through 24 countries to get here’ Storytelling and creative practice: Applied theatre for the Creation of New Communities Amongst Conflict.  In November 2017, 30 refugees and asylum seekers made their way from Nottingham to Loughborough. With the help of the British... Read More →
RM

Rowan Mackenzie

PhD Researcher, The Shakespeare Institute
‘You can’t walk down the wings without hearing Shakespeare now’ The Gallowfield Players in HMP Gartree    What possibilities can be opened up when a drama group is formed inside a prison filled with men serving life sentences? Since March 2018 I have worked weekly... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Thornlea: TS5

2:15pm BST

Working Group Session 1: Bodies and Performance
Feeling Bad:  Negative Affects, Performance and Bodies.
Session 1 - Shame, Fragility and Resistance: Bodies that feel bad.





Presenters
RM

Royona Mitra and Simon Ellis

Dancing White Fragility.The central premise of this year’s call for proposals is that ‘as long as there have been bodies, bodies have felt bad’. We examine the construction of white bodies that both wield power and ‘feel bad’ in the UK’s contemporary dance industry. We... Read More →
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Lynne McCarthy

Speaking of IMELDA and the performance of hostility/hospitality in Ireland's abortion tourism.In the work of Speaking of IMELDA (2013-2018) and its public dispute with Irish reproductive justice, the hospitality of the Irish State is humorously scrutinized through activist art interventions... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Thornlea: TS4

2:15pm BST

Working Group Session 1: Directing and Dramaturgy
Strangeness and Strategies Estrangement

Presenters
KK

Kate Katafiasz

Taking a fresh look at theatre’s conventional modes of interruptionThe appearance of Benjamin’s stranger at the door delivers as Freddie Rokem notes, a momentary yet revealing ‘tableau’ (2019: 12). Vakhtangov also created this effect when the piano player in his production... Read More →
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Benjaminn Poore

The Politics of Déjà Vu: Nora, Emilia and Top GirlsStef Smith’s Nora, a ‘radical new version’ of A Doll’s House, opened at Tramway, Glasgow, in March 2019. It reimagines Nora Helmer’s story taking place in 1918, 1968 and 2018, with the actors playing the three Noras remaining... Read More →
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Silvia Dumitriu

Sarah Kane: A Dramaturgy of Otherness                                                                      While the tradition of mimetic theatre thrives on the idea of verisimilitude – the conformity of the theatrical action with the rules imposed... Read More →
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Oge Nwosu, Rhiannon Randle

The Dysfunctional Word and the Mimetic Alien: Negotiating Emotional Estrangement and Artificial Intelligence On The Operatic Stage.The opera we are creating, a deconstruction of Pericles’ 447 BC Epitaphios Logos (Funeral Oration) through one perfect, 21st century, nuclear family... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Thornlea: White House 3

2:15pm BST

Working Group Session 1: Documenting Performance
'Challenging Value/s'

Presenters
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Eleanor Roberts

Down With The Slave Trade!:The In/Appropriate Other and the 1970s  Performance studies scholar Tavia Nyong’o has written of ways in which to create oppositional distance from difficult or shame-inducing objects of the past is to implicitly work to forget racist (and sexist... Read More →
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Mo Pietroni-Spenst

Chronic time in performance: the influence of chronic illness on notions of temporality and duration in performance art.Mo Pietroni-SpenstPerformance art is increasingly moving away from the traditional view of time as a commodity, examining the social and cultural structuring of... Read More →
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Harriet Curtis

Aftermaths of performance: Artists who make ‘an awful mess’ In 1983, Los Angeles-based artist Paul McCarthy organised a programme of ‘like-minded artists’ whose performances make ‘an awful mess and walks an erratic line between horror and humor’ (1983). Featuring... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Thornlea: White House 2

2:15pm BST

Working Group Session 1: Performance and New Technologies
Session Title: Humans and Non-humans – humanoids, players and simulations

Presenters
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Katie Hawthorne

Humanoid Performance in Rimini Protokoll’s Uncanny Valley (2018) and Holly Herndon’s Spawn (2019)How do non-human performers perform humanness on stage? In this paper I explore the aesthetics and reception of humanoid AI and robotic performers in two Berlin-based case studies... Read More →
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Vlad Butucea

Everything. Video games, embodiment and ecologyThis paper discusses David O’Reilly’s video game Everything (2017). I will argue that its dramaturgy and gameplay raise questions about ecology by inviting empathetic interactions between the player and the objects in the game. As... Read More →
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Jo Scott

Wild, mobile encounters: Re-forming the role of digital processes in place-making practicesThis presentation-provocation arises from a dissatisfaction with the role digital processes play in my current creative practices, engaging mobile devices in wild, urban places. It queries some... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Roborough: RS3

2:15pm BST

Working Group Session 1: Performance and Science
Presenters
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Simon Parry

Performing Public HealthContact Theatre in Manchester has a distinctive profile in the city because of its geography, its programming and the diversity of its audience. It sits on the edge of a university, a complex of medical facilities and the neighbourhoods of Rusholme and Moss... Read More →
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Freya Vass-Rhee

Worldmaking: Situating the performance-maker-as-scientistFrom early 20th century psychologies of the arts, through the emergence of experimental aesthetics and up to today’s “neuroesthetics,” the past century of scientific investigations of art has unrolled across sweeping changes... Read More →
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Carina Bartlett

The Final Frontier: Scottish Nationalism, Theatre and the space race This paper explores the theatrical representation in four plays by three Scottish playwrights Gregory Burke, David Greig and Rona Munro.  The analysis focuses on two plays by Munro Little Eagles and The Astronaut’s... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Thornlea: SR2

2:15pm BST

Working Group Session 1: Performance, Identity and Community
Session Title: Utopian and dystopian imaginaries 

Presenters
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Trish Reid

‘Everything Bad is Real': The Dystopian Near Future in Contemporary Drama. This paper builds on work I have published recently in the Journal of Contemporary Drama in English and engages with the WG’s call to ‘consider the social, ethical and political logics that organise... Read More →
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Paola Botham

Unsettling Revivals and Feminist Dystopias on the British StagePremiered in April 2019 amid a controversy over all-male programming at London’s National Theatre, the revival of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls (1982) at the Lyttleton stage was greeted with the following statement... Read More →
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Ian Farnell

Performance, Memory, and Post-Apocalypse in Anne Washburn's Mr Burns In the post-apocalyptic future of Anne Washburn’s Mr Burns (2014), nuclear disaster has instigated the collapse of American society, killing millions and leaving survivors to eke out a precarious existence in... Read More →
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Katheryn Owens and Chris Green

Provocation for Performance, Identity and Community WG: I’m dead! Russian Doll, trauma and friendshipIn this provocation we will discuss how the notion of the ‘slow cancellation of the future’, as articulated through Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life (2014) is explored through... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Thornlea: White House 1

2:15pm BST

Working Group Session 1: Performer Training
Welcome from the Convenors

Title:  Translation and Shared Languages 

Open Discussion 

Presenters
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Rebecca Loukes

University of Exeter
Untranslatable training?  Exercise, Experiment and GelassenheitWe often talk or write about exercises as external forms that ‘contain’ internal content (Barba 1997, Saner 2018, Wilson 2016). This short provocation problematizes the internal/external binary using the example... Read More →
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Laura Vorwerg and Dick McCaw

Training Hack - the exerciseThe exercise in the interdisciplinary rehearsal roomExercises are well established as foundational activities in many performer training contexts and, similarly, they are often used in rehearsal contexts for the purposes of bonding, creating shared experiences... Read More →
MM

Magdalena Mosteanu

Misunderstandings and ‘positive failures’. Exercises generating modes of communication in the cross-cultural rehearsal space.Misunderstandings and ‘positive failures’. Exercises generating modes of communication in the cross-cultural rehearsal space.In the increasingly globalised... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Thornlea: TS1

2:15pm BST

Working Group Session 1: Popular Performance
Session Title: Masks and Canon (Chair: Lucy Amsden)

Presenters
CC

Catriona Craig

Provocation: Should we fire the canon?Harold Bloom’s 1994 intervention into the so-called culture wars, The Western Canon, is an attempt to creative an exhaustive list of the key texts and developments of the western literary tradition. It is also a defence of a way of thinking... Read More →
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Olly Crick

The Masked and the Unmasked: A new aesthetic and dramaturgy for ancient and modern commedia.Generic and academic discussion of Commedia dell’Arte largely focusses on the employment of its unique feature in western professional theatre from the early modern period onwards: the successful... Read More →
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Maggie Irving

Performing Distaff Falstaff: mask parody, drag and clowning disturbing social norms.   In 2009, I performed an abridged excerpt (called Distaff Falstaff) of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. I developed a gender-bending mask for Falstaff that worked with my corporeal... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Thornlea: White House Meeting Room

2:15pm BST

Working Group Session 1: Scenography
Session Title: Virtual, immaterial and imagined place

Presenters
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Katherine Graham

Scenographic Strategies of Confined and Imagined Place(s) in Enda Walsh’s BallyturkConfinement and claustrophobic spaces are recurrent themes in the plays of Enda Walsh, whose characters are often found ‘in stifling, deteriorating physical spaces that echo both the constricted... Read More →
KS

Kathrine Sandys

Budapestit will come later grew out of a series of residencies across Sweden, Wales, Hong Kong, Poland and Hungary, with 6 x international choreographers and 6 x makers and dramaturgs exploring and sharing their practice and processes. A sharing of cultures, borders, barriers and... Read More →
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Natalie Rowland

Seeing Anew: the role of lighting in creation of place in site-generic/specific performance.This paper explores the role of lighting in creating place and the challenges and opportunities introduced by site based performance.Located somewhere between site-generic and site-specific... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Roborough: RS2

2:15pm BST

Working Group Session 1: Sound, Voice and Music
Presenters
DR

David Roesner

Professor, LMU Munich
Listening to theatre music(ians) Theatre music (or: incidental music or soundtrack music, as it is sometimes referred to) [1], can often be heard in contemporary theatre, but is rarely listened to. Hence, scholars have referred to this art form as a “phantom of the theatre” [2... Read More →
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Yaron Shyldkrot

‘Glitches in the System: Itinerant Listening and Voices Out of Sync’This paper will examine how voices out of sync, as precarious sonic figures, can trouble different acoustic ecologies. Building on Barry Truax, ‘acoustic ecology’ elucidates the relationship(s) between ‘the... Read More →
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Farokh Soltani

‘The Audio-Flaneur: The Cultivation of the Listener-Scholar’How does the theatre sound scholar listen to theatre?The axiomatic shift in the understanding of listening as a cultural and disciplinary disposition, rather than a mere psychoacoustic phenomenon, has opened a space for... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Thornlea: TS3

2:15pm BST

Working Group Session 1: Theatre History and Historiography
Chair:  Janice Norwood

Presenters
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Helen Gush

The World Theatre Season: Redefining European TheatreThe subject of this paper is the World Theatre Season (WTS), an annual season of international theatre companies presented at the Aldwych Theatre in London by the impresario Peter Daubeny in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare... Read More →
RS

Robert Shaughnessy

Entitled Shakespeare  This paper addresses a ubiquitous, arguably essential but overlooked component of the contemporary international performance network: the surtitle. It begins with a brief overview of the evolution of simultaneous translation technologies and practices in the... Read More →
NH

Nicholas Holden

Tracing the Origins of the Royal Court’s International Department through Elyse Dodgson’s Young Peoples’ Theatre. In September 2017, I attended the TaPRA annual conference at the University of Salford to present a paper to the members of this working group. The group’s theme... Read More →
AW

Alex Watson

The Link Between Cultures – Trauma in Contemporary European Plays at London’s Royal Court Theatre In the 2010s, London’s Royal Court theatre has staged three full productions by European writers from outside the UK. These are Aleksey Scherbak’s Remembrance Day (2011), depicting... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Thornlea: SR1

2:15pm BST

Working Group Session 1: Theatre, Performance and Philosophy
Session Title: Materialities of dispossession

Presenters
FD

Fred Dalmasso

Stepping Out of the Public SphereFred Dalmasso (Loughborough University) is a researcher and practitioner interested in the interaction between performance, philosophy and politics. His most recent publications include a co-edited book entitled Syncope in Performing and Visual Arts... Read More →
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Ilaria Pinna

The theatre-maker as public intellectualThis paper, part of a larger research project on theatre and activism in 1970s Italy, will propose an analysis of the role of the theatre-maker as public intellectual. Customarily, the ontology of the public intellectual has been based upon... Read More →
CU

Clio Unger

Becoming Robert Morris. A Collective LectureThe format of the lecture performance points to the elastic negotiations in the performances of and for academic and artistic publics. It highlights an artistic attempt to interrupt academic logocentrism and points to the desire to formulate... Read More →
GC

Geoffrey Colman and Aly Colman

Professional training and vulnerability: the displacement of the actor in the digital ageThis paper draws from tacit professional experience gained from the conservatoire sector. We propose a necessary re-evaluation of existing conservatoire models of actor training, drawing from... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 2:15pm - 4:15pm BST
Roborough: RS1

4:00pm BST

Tea and Coffee
Wednesday September 4, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm BST
Forum: Street

4:45pm BST

Keynote Address
This keynote presentation, by Professor Harvey Young, entitled "Undead Performance: Staging Black Life", will be chaired by Dr Patrick Duggan, who is Secretary of TaPRA.

Presenters
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Harvey Young

Keynote Speaker
Undead Performance: Staging Black LifeIn this presentation, Harvey Young introduces and spotlights how the spectacle of black death — the hyper-visible, before an audience display of dead bodies — has long existed within American history and looks to the stage to reveal how theatre... Read More →

TaPRA Exec and Working Group C...
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Patrick Duggan

TaPRA Exec: Secretary
Patrick is a performance scholar interested in what cultural production is it ‘for’ politically, socially, culturally and aesthetically. His research is interested to look not only at contemporary aesthetic practice but also at events in everyday life that we might analyse as... Read More →


Wednesday September 4, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm BST
Forum: Alumni Auditorium

6:00pm BST

Wine Reception
Wednesday September 4, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm BST
Forum: Street

6:45pm BST

TaPRA Gallery
TaPRA PaR Gallery Opening

Please join us for the opening of the TaPRA Gallery, presenting artworks and documentation arising from Practice as Research (PaR) projects in and across theatre and performance disciplines. The theme is 'Borderlands', especially how it might relate to the body and subjectivity in PaR.

Come when you like and stay as long as you wish.

The Gallery has been curated by PhD researchers in the Performance.Experience.Presence (P.E.P) research group at the University of Plymouth.


Exhibit Locations:
Alexander Building GP1 – Anna Macdonald
Alexander Building GP2 – Anthea Moys, Charlie Conforth
White House Library (ground floor) – Sophie Edlund, Janice Howard, Natalie Raven
White House Foyer - Prophecy Sun and Reese Muntean
Alexander Building Computer Room – Karen Abadie, Teri & James, Karen Berger, Christina Papagiannouli
Alexander Building Gallery – Carmen Wong, Katerina Athanasopoulou, Nik Wakefield, Katheryn Owens & Chris Green

Presenters
KA

karen abadie

Performing the unspeakable on the skin (for Bodies and Performance WG)My doctoral research explores what happens when feelings in my body become intolerable, how, over time, I have developed a strategy that works, but one that other people find horrific, disgusting, impossible to... Read More →
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Katerina Athanasopoulou

I am submitting/proposing three prints deriving from my current research in Virtual Reality as a medium of peripatetic documentary. The work begins as I perform a kind of solitary procession, holding a 360 camera on a ‘selfie stick’ like a staff, or a flagpole, or a torch. My... Read More →
KB

Karen Berger

Performing Belonging/Performing Exploring   In this work I use my subjective performing body to interrogate colonisation and the hegemony of borders. Two videos juxtapose documentation of the site specific performance I created for my prize-winning Practice as Research M.A... Read More →
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Charlie Cornforth

I am a performance artist who has been conducting a research masters at Plymouth University. For the past year, I have been investigating the formation of toxic masculinity within my own identity. Seeking to understand how the body may be used as a site of resistance to reveal and... Read More →
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Sophia Edlund

Listening across a herding call: A practice-as-research Provocation How do we come to resist or not resist specific sounds in the call and response of the vocal ‘in-between’ (Thomaidis and Macpherson 2015)? My voice-based practice-as-research explores this query by focusing on... Read More →
KO

Katheryn Owens and Chris Green

Provocation for Performance, Identity and Community WG: I’m dead! Russian Doll, trauma and friendshipIn this provocation we will discuss how the notion of the ‘slow cancellation of the future’, as articulated through Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life (2014) is explored through... Read More →
TA

Teri and James Harper-Bailie

Redacted  This short film aims to negotiate the public/private dynamics at play within our collaborative research, in particular it aims to highlight a blurring of the boundaries between the personal, the private and the public. Sarah Wall recognised this blurring within autoethnographic practices... Read More →
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Janice Howard

Merleau-Ponty talks about how meaning is bodily and how our body is our anchorage to the world. What happens then when a body can’t remember? How do you and those around you anchor when everything is literally and figuratively in motion, when meaning is disrupted? a well trodden... Read More →
AM

Anna Macdonald

I made everything is a durational performance for camera (moving image installation) that explores the complex relationship between integrity, validation and the body within the artist’s work. In it, dance artist and scholar, Anna Macdonald lays claim to a list of culturally recognised... Read More →
AM

Anthea Moys

Performer Training Presentation:Playing to Win Vs. Playing to keep on PlayingThe practice-as-research project investigates what could happen when we adopt ‘trickster tactics’ through performance to ‘change the rules of the game’ in sport so as to potentially create an alternate... Read More →
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Prophecy Sun and Reese Muntean

Standard models of research-creation usually take the form of a project, documentation, disseminated through presentations and academic literature. This interdisciplinary artwork takes a contemporaneous making-thinking-doing approach that explores and tries to define new potent fields... Read More →
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Christina Papagiannouli

On January 2014, I cyber-collaborated remotely with international artists and cyberformance experts, who were born in different countries from those in which they were living at that time, to stage a cyberformance on UpStage platform on the topic of migration, immigration and... Read More →
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Natalie Raven

University of Plymouth
Scenography WG Presentation:Staging Bodies in Situ: Artistic Responses to Working with/in Landscape. This paper charts my experiences and critical reflections as a performance artist, in the making of visual artworks situated in landscape at locations across the UK and USA. Veiled... Read More →
PD

Playing Dead

Playing Dead is a handmade artist book of polaroid photographs of reenactments of eight famous dead people buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The book maps the locations of the graves of dancers, actors, musicians and writers such as Isadora Duncan and Gertrude Stein... Read More →



Wednesday September 4, 2019 6:45pm - 8:45pm BST
Thornlea: Various
 
Thursday, September 5
 

9:00am BST

TaPRA Gallery
Borderlands

The TaPRA Gallery presents artworks and documentation arising from Practice as Research (PaR) projects in and across theatre and performance disciplines.The theme is 'Borderlands', especially how it might relate to the body and subjectivity in PaR. The work is located in Thornlea, some presented in a more traditional gallery mode, and some to be encountered accidentally.

The Gallery has been curated by PhD researchers in the Performance.Experience.Presence (P.E.P) research group at the University of Plymouth.

Exhibit Locations:
Alexander Building GP1 – Anna Macdonald
Alexander Building GP2 – Anthea Moys, Charlie Conforth
White House Library (ground floor) – Sophie Edlund, Janice Howard
White House Foyer - Prophecy Sun and Reese Muntean
Alexander Building Computer Room – Karen Abadie, Teri & James, Karen Berger, Christina Papagiannouli
Alexander Building Gallery – Carmen Wong, Katerina Athanasopoulou, Nik Wakefield, Natalie, Kathy & Chris

Presenters
KA

karen abadie

Performing the unspeakable on the skin (for Bodies and Performance WG)My doctoral research explores what happens when feelings in my body become intolerable, how, over time, I have developed a strategy that works, but one that other people find horrific, disgusting, impossible to... Read More →
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Katerina Athanasopoulou

I am submitting/proposing three prints deriving from my current research in Virtual Reality as a medium of peripatetic documentary. The work begins as I perform a kind of solitary procession, holding a 360 camera on a ‘selfie stick’ like a staff, or a flagpole, or a torch. My... Read More →
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Karen Berger

Performing Belonging/Performing Exploring   In this work I use my subjective performing body to interrogate colonisation and the hegemony of borders. Two videos juxtapose documentation of the site specific performance I created for my prize-winning Practice as Research M.A... Read More →
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Charlie Cornforth

I am a performance artist who has been conducting a research masters at Plymouth University. For the past year, I have been investigating the formation of toxic masculinity within my own identity. Seeking to understand how the body may be used as a site of resistance to reveal and... Read More →
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Sophia Edlund

Listening across a herding call: A practice-as-research Provocation How do we come to resist or not resist specific sounds in the call and response of the vocal ‘in-between’ (Thomaidis and Macpherson 2015)? My voice-based practice-as-research explores this query by focusing on... Read More →
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Katheryn Owens and Chris Green

Provocation for Performance, Identity and Community WG: I’m dead! Russian Doll, trauma and friendshipIn this provocation we will discuss how the notion of the ‘slow cancellation of the future’, as articulated through Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life (2014) is explored through... Read More →
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Teri and James Harper-Bailie

Redacted  This short film aims to negotiate the public/private dynamics at play within our collaborative research, in particular it aims to highlight a blurring of the boundaries between the personal, the private and the public. Sarah Wall recognised this blurring within autoethnographic practices... Read More →
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Janice Howard

Merleau-Ponty talks about how meaning is bodily and how our body is our anchorage to the world. What happens then when a body can’t remember? How do you and those around you anchor when everything is literally and figuratively in motion, when meaning is disrupted? a well trodden... Read More →
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Anna Macdonald

I made everything is a durational performance for camera (moving image installation) that explores the complex relationship between integrity, validation and the body within the artist’s work. In it, dance artist and scholar, Anna Macdonald lays claim to a list of culturally recognised... Read More →
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Anthea Moys

Performer Training Presentation:Playing to Win Vs. Playing to keep on PlayingThe practice-as-research project investigates what could happen when we adopt ‘trickster tactics’ through performance to ‘change the rules of the game’ in sport so as to potentially create an alternate... Read More →
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Prophecy Sun and Reese Muntean

Standard models of research-creation usually take the form of a project, documentation, disseminated through presentations and academic literature. This interdisciplinary artwork takes a contemporaneous making-thinking-doing approach that explores and tries to define new potent fields... Read More →
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Christina Papagiannouli

On January 2014, I cyber-collaborated remotely with international artists and cyberformance experts, who were born in different countries from those in which they were living at that time, to stage a cyberformance on UpStage platform on the topic of migration, immigration and... Read More →
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Natalie Raven

University of Plymouth
Scenography WG Presentation:Staging Bodies in Situ: Artistic Responses to Working with/in Landscape. This paper charts my experiences and critical reflections as a performance artist, in the making of visual artworks situated in landscape at locations across the UK and USA. Veiled... Read More →
PD

Playing Dead

Playing Dead is a handmade artist book of polaroid photographs of reenactments of eight famous dead people buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The book maps the locations of the graves of dancers, actors, musicians and writers such as Isadora Duncan and Gertrude Stein... Read More →



Thursday September 5, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm BST
Thornlea: Various

9:00am BST

Registration
For delegates who arrive on Day 2, please visit the Conference Registration deskas soon as possible. 

In your conference bag, you’ll be given a brief conference brochure, including a basic schedule and a campus map, and a reusable water bottle. You will also find a set of provocations for interaction and contemplation, designed by Stephen Hodge for use between timetabled conference events, please click here for further details: https://tapra2019.sched.com/sponsor/stephen_hodge_performance.1zx9cros

Thursday September 5, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm BST
Forum: Street

9:30am BST

Working Group Session 2: Applied and Social Theatre
Theorising Horizons of Possibilities, Openings, and Futures in Applied Theatre Practice

Session Title: Possibilities

Presenters
MS

Mark Smith

Possible futures for a radically open community theatre  The future of work is in flux, with sociologists and political scientists describing it as one of ‘free work capitalism’, precarity and prosumerism. In applied theatre, ‘community’ might be seen as frequently masking... Read More →
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Chloé Bradwell

Ethics of public performance in creative projects with people living with dementia: Magic Me’s ‘Reflections of Stepney’  I wish to question the ethics of public performance in asset-based projects involving the creative collaboration of people living with dementia (particularly... Read More →
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Cathy Sloan

‘Life-Living’: Practices of Survival and Renewal in Recovery Theatre   This paper begins with an ending, a memorial performance commemorating the sudden loss of a colleague and founder of Outside Edge Theatre Company. It addresses how a vital practice continues to regenerate... Read More →
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Matt Smith

Sharing the Future with Objects: Applied Theatre, New Materialism and Horizontal Ontologies lecture-performance with objects   Exploring Object Oriented Ontology (OOO), New Materialism and performance this presentation explores the experience of the object in applied theatre. How... Read More →
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Mattia Mantellato

Ph.D. candidate, University of Udine
The dancing wor(l)d of the Schooner Flight’ by Derek Work, in intersemiotic and multimodal translation. This speech focuses on the challenges that the encounter of poetry with dancing movements and gestures may ignite in performative intersemiotic translations. In a world... Read More →
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Kate Massey-Chase

Workshop: Making Meaning: moments of precarity and possibility in applied theatre practice  Building on previous scholarship on ‘edgework’, O'Grady has developed ‘the notion of “edgeplay” as a way of thinking through risky aesthetics as an ethical form of openness and... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Thornlea: TS5

9:30am BST

Working Group Session 2: Bodies and Performance
Session Title:  Protrusion, Exclusions and Intrusions:  Irritation as Potentiality

Presenters
SW

Savannah Whaley

Communities of (Bad) Feeling: Exclusion and Emotion in Howardena Pindell’s Free, White and 21 and Nicola L.’s Le Manteau Pour Onze Personnes (Same Skin for everybody ).In this paper I look at Howardena Pindell’s Free, White and 21 (1980) and her involvement with PESTS, an activist... Read More →
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Eirini Kartsaki

Protrusions in contemporary art and performance appear in different forms: as fragmented, bodily shapes, contagious molds, abstract shapes, viscous, fleshly folds. Female artists Renate Bertlmann, Yayoi Kusama and Julia Bardsley, amongst others, use protrusions in their photographic... Read More →
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Alissa Clarke

​​​​​​​​A Hole in the Head and the Heart:  Artistic encounters across arousal and replusion.In 1970 artist and LSD proponent, Amanda Feilding drilled a hole in her head to access a permanent high. Between 1969-1977 feminist sex positive multimedia artist, Penny Slinger... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Thornlea: TS4

9:30am BST

Working Group Session 2: Directing and Dramaturgy
Audiences, Strangers and Friends


Presenters
TN

Tom Nicholas

Geographies of the “Authentic” and the “Strange” in James Graham’s Labour of LoveThe promotional literature for James Graham’s Labour of Love (2017)—a dramatisation of 25 years of tensions between different factions within the Labour Party—took immense pride in the... Read More →
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John Whitney

Reconstructing The Other: Otherness, Estrangement and Social Narratives in Playable PerformanceParticipatory or playable performance is ingrained in a process of developing and understanding its own social context. In ‘Beyond Immersive Theatre’ (2016: 222), Adam Alston argues... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Thornlea: White House 3

9:30am BST

Working Group Session 2: Documenting Performance
Mediation

Presenters
CT

Cassandra Tytler

The Potentialities of Minimalism and Performance-Based Video Practice to disrupt Chrononormativity and Offer up a Utopian Performative  Art historian and critic Michael Fried argued that Minimalism presents an object in space, which the viewer interacts with durationally. The... Read More →
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Emma Bennett

Feigned Appointments: ’ASMR’ Role Play’s Temporal Theatrics    A YouTube phenomenon that has emerged in the last decade, the ‘ASMR’ role play video sets out to relax viewers by assuming the addressive conventions of a professionalised encounter. Popular scenarios... Read More →
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Andy Henry

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Abstract:“The company’s dead… but the work lives on”In last year’s Creative Scotland funding cycle several high-profile companies had their funding slashed or cut entirely. One such company was NVA, an arts organisation founded in 1992 with a well-established track record... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Thornlea: White House 2

9:30am BST

Working Group Session 2: Performance and New Technologies
Session Title: VR and AR: dramaturgies of flux, technological adaptations and virtualising the actual

Presenters
QY

Qianxiong Yang

Re-imagining the Exterior and Interior – Projection and Interaction Technologies in Contemporary Art PracticeThis paper is concerned with art as an interactive spatial practice, and the discursive frameworks within which it is written about. Taking interactive spatial projection... Read More →
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Piotr Woycicki

Intermedial Dramaturgies of Flux in Our Lady of ShadowsThis paper will look at a practice-as-research collaboration between Lucy Gough, Karoline Gritzner and myself which explores the aesthetics of neo-medievalism through an intermedial dramaturgy and digital scenography. Currently... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Roborough: RS3

9:30am BST

Working Group Session 2: Performance and Science
Presenters
GB

Gianna Bouchard

Self-Experimentation: Performing Gender, Beyond the LaboratoryAt once celebrated as an essential part of medical history and development, and repudiated for fear of controversy and backlash, the self-experimenter converts their own body into a site for experimentation and testing... Read More →
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Nicholas Arnold

Senior National Professor (Emeritus) of Cultural Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
Frightful/Delightful – exploring pain and pleasure in high-energy physical performanceThere is a kind of anti-Nietzschean (if we ignore recent reappraisals of Nietzsche) reaction to notions of the actual or potential extremities of physicality in performance training. We are aware... Read More →
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Kirsty Surgey

Climbing twisted ladders: Using DNA in performance storytellingFamily histories are changing. An increased understanding of the science of DNA can challenge or affirm a sense of identity. Performances such as La Messe Basse’s Siri use the science of DNA to ask questions about what... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Thornlea: SR2

9:30am BST

Working Group Session 2: Performance, Identity and Community
Session Title: Politicizing pasts and futures

This panel responds to the working group’s call to examine the intersection of performance, progress and futurity, by proposing to explore past legacies and concomitant assumptions surrounding artistic practice which can be identified as ‘political’. What is the promise of the political in the theatre and, more broadly, how does it structure projections of the future and appreciations of the past? How does a misconstrued indebtedness to the past limit our movement to a different form of progress, and how can past and present be re-politicized for the future? The panel consists of four provocations that focus on diverse examples to interrogate how we may draw upon a politicized understanding of the recent past to shape interventions that could define a political theatre for the future. 

Presenters
TC

Tom Cornford

TaPRA Executive Curated Panel:Dr Tom Cornford (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London): ‘Undoing Language’ This provocation will address some ways in which whiteness shapes research, not only in terms of its content, but the theoretical standpoints... Read More →
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Marilena Zaroulia

University of Winchester
Marilena Zaroulia is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Winchester. Her research focuses on theatre and the cultural politics of post-1989 Europe. She co-edited Performances of Capitalism, Crises and Resistance: Inside/Outside Europe in 2015 and her piece about the NT's... Read More →
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Tony Fisher

The Political Work of Art as “Speech Act” – the Efficacy Debate ReframedWriting in response to Sartre’s essay on engaged literature, Adorno proclaimed: ‘This is not the time for political works of art; rather politics has migrated into the autonomous work of art, and it... Read More →
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Philip Hager

Remembering Europe’s future in ‘a time of our own creation’ Mauyra Wickstrom opens her recent book Fiery Temporalities in Theatre and Performance: The Initiation of History, with the proposition that by ‘invent[ing] or inaugurat[ing] particular types of time’, theatre can... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Thornlea: White House 1

9:30am BST

Working Group Session 2: Performer Training
Title:  Pedagogy and Power

Panel Discussion, Chaired by James McLaughlin 

Presenters
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Paul Edwards

Frantic Masculinity:  Hidden Hegemonies in Performance Training.In this paper I propose to use the work of Frantic Assembly to investigate how the successful dissemination and widespread adoption of particular performer training exercises might inadvertently perpetuate and re-enforce... Read More →
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Aphrodite Evangelatou

Beyond Exercise: The Pedagogy of Actor TrainingThe Japanese theatre practitioner and director Tadashi Suzuki uses the word discipline instead of exercise when referring to the training he developed; this is because he associates exercise with the physical aspect of the work, whereas... Read More →
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Steve Gilroy

The ‘Neutre’ exercise: A ProvocationFrom Jacques Lecoq, through Philippe Gaulier, and Annie Griffin… to me… to you. In the summer of 1992, I spent three weeks studying with performance artist Annie Griffin who had studied with Philippe Gaulier in the 1980s. The performance... Read More →
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James McLaughlin

Spontaneous Creation through Mindless RepetitionThe Dynamic and Ethics of Keith Johnstone’s Improv Training ExercisesThis provocation will examine key improv exercises of Keith Johnstone’s improvisation system to see how repetition of simple activities is used to activate the... Read More →
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Jonny Bussell and Nick Williams

Active ObservationOver the last 18 months we have been working together as a new collaborative relationship between a writer/performer and sound designer. The aim of our research originally was to see how an early collaboration between two distinct disciplines would grow in the hope... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Thornlea: TS1

9:30am BST

Working Group Session 2: Popular Performance
Session Title: Masks and Authenticity (Chair: Catriona Craig)

Presenters
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Louise Peacock

Clowns: Act, Identity and AuthenticityThis paper will explore notions of identity, role and ownership in clown performance, drawing on a range of examples from theatre and circus.  Following the teaching of Lecoq, many modern clowns, particularly those performing in the theatre... Read More →
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Lucy Amsden

‘The smallest mask in the world’: Clown and Red Nose. The red nose is a mask that hides very little of the performer. This paper will explore the possibilities of masking what is not usually an expressive body part. Associated with the red nose are many layers of playful tension... Read More →
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Simon Sladen

What’s in a Dame? The Dame GameWhilst the pantomime Dame serves no narrative function, she is often key in establishing the shared community of Pantoland, a playful link between stage and audience. Without her, many argue such festive entertainment cannot be defined as pantomime... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Thornlea: White House Meeting Room

9:30am BST

Working Group Session 2: Scenography
Session Title: Embodiment and place

Presenters
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Natalie Raven

University of Plymouth
Scenography WG Presentation:Staging Bodies in Situ: Artistic Responses to Working with/in Landscape. This paper charts my experiences and critical reflections as a performance artist, in the making of visual artworks situated in landscape at locations across the UK and USA. Veiled... Read More →
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Xristina Penna

Staging dis-placementIn the project ‘To You, To You, To You: Love Letters to a (Post)Europe’ (2018) (https://www.toyoutoyoutoyou.com/ ), curator-researcher Lisa Alexander invited artists to gather and to respond with the action, idea or form of a love letter. My action-response... Read More →
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Rea Dennis

We are Place: The somatic of being (in) the outdoorsUsing the bodily somatic experience as a point of departure, this paper considers the relationships between audience, performers, and places through the lens of biophilia. I explore the way in which somatic practices align to biology’s... Read More →
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Nick Hunt

The Lighting Laboratory - a utopian or absent place?Where lighting design is taught at undergraduate or graduate degree level – notably in the UK and USA – distinctive pedagogies have been developed, often making use of the lighting laboratory as a central teaching facility and... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Roborough: RS2

9:30am BST

Working Group Session 2: Sound, Voice and Music
Presenters
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Kelli Zezulka

Listening across silences in creative collaboration Listening is an important skill for theatre and performance collaborators, and nowhere more so than during technical rehearsals, a high-pressure, creatively charged environment. Creative and production team members spend the technical... Read More →
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Electa Behrens and Øystein Elle

YOU AND ME – AS VOCAL MATERIAL – LISTENING TO THE SPACE BETWEEN Øystein and Electa are bodies and voices on stage. They have similar but different approaches and trainings, ranging from Bel Canto singing to classical text work, extendend vocal technique to the sensuality of... Read More →
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Iris Garrelfs

Goldsmiths, University of London
The Listening Wall: strategies for scored listeningWe live in divisive times, Trump’s wall between the US and Mexico being just one example. In response, Listening Wall is a participatory project devised by Iris Garrelfs, operating from the premise that the process of listening... Read More →
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Lisa Lapidge and Jess Tucker Boyd

Listening Across VersionsWe propose a ten-minute provocation around translation in international vocal performance making. This will be an insight into the work of Lisa Lapidge, Jinyoung Kim and Jess Tucker-Boyd’s Research & Development period towards a new performance piece. We... Read More →



Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Thornlea: TS3

9:30am BST

Working Group Session 2: Theatre History and Historiography
Chair:  Jane Milling

Presenters
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Josip Martinčić

‘There is no objective criticism any more than there is objective art’: The Theatre Review’s Vested Position of Cultural Authority in 1880s LondonCritics are prominent members of the theatrical field of production and their reviews have cultural and economic power. The fin de... Read More →
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Claire Cochrane

Birmingham Rep and Europe: A Genealogy of InfluenceThe repertory movement, which began as an early twentieth- century initiative to create a network of British regional producing theatres, had its roots in the aesthetic and institutional innovations associated with European modernism... Read More →
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Kirsty Sedgman

The Longest-Running Theatre in Europe (and Other Lies for Post-Truth Times)This presentation takes as its starting point the regional theatre institution Bristol Old Vic, which has variously been claimed to be the oldest/longest running/longest continuously-running theatre in the... Read More →
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Marie Kelly

- European Legacies and Connections in Theatre in Ireland: The rise of the theatre producer, co-producing and collaborationIn July 2015 the Board of the Abbey Theatre (Ireland’s National Theatre) took a bold and exciting step in appointing two new leaders (director/designer, Graham... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Thornlea: SR1

9:30am BST

Working Group Session 2: Theatre, Performance and Philosophy
Session Title: Dramaturgies of dispossession

Presenters
MM

Molly McPhee

Carceral ecologies of miasma and dispossession in Clean Break’s PestsIn Vivienne Franzmann’s Pests (Clean Break, 2014), two rat-women scamper around a putrefied ‘nest’ of rotting mattresses. While sisters Pink and Rolly burrow and lounge on the set, it decomposes – mattresses... Read More →
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Tom Payne

Elegy in the Anthropocene: Doppelgangster’s Everybody Loses​​​​In 1957, the eminent herpetologist Dr. Karl Patterson Schmidt was bitten by a juvenile boomslang snake (Dyspholidus typus) at the Chicago Natural History Field Museum. Over the course of the next twenty-four... Read More →
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Siân Adiseshiah and Jacqueline Bolton

debbie tucker green and (the Dialectics of) Dispossession: Reframing the Ethical EncounterThis paper uses Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou’s rich interchange, Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (2013), to rethink the ethical encounter in two plays by black British... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am BST
Roborough: RS1

11:00am BST

Tea and Coffee
Thursday September 5, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am BST
Roborough and Thornlea

11:30am BST

Open Panel Session 1: Applied and Social Theatre
Theorising Horizons of Possibilities, Openings, and Futures in Applied Theatre Practice

Session Title: Openings

Presenters
SH

Stephe Harrop

Working with Storytelling: From an Aesthetics to an Ethics of Precarity  Notions of precarity have played an important role in my work as a performance storyteller. Specifically, Nicholas Bourriaud’s Precarious Constructions (2009), with its critical foregrounding of ‘speed... Read More →
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Kerrie Schaefer

This liberatory practice which is not one (with apologies to Luce Irigaray)   I’d like to explore the hitherto unexplored past/present/future place of community cultural development (CCD) within the ecology of applied drama practice. CCD is the third term animating (unsettling... Read More →
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Katharine Low

Apertures of Possibility; labour and value in contemporary applied theatre practice  This exciting call for papers has prompted a consideration of how I notice and articulate the labour that goes into my applied practice. The noticing of this labour has been heightened since... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm BST
Thornlea: TS5

11:30am BST

Open Panel Session 1: Bodies and Performance/Performance and Science
(Dis) Embodied Technologies Joint session with Science and Performance WG

Presenters
JP

Jennifer Parker Starbuck

Feeling Resistant:  Embodiment, VR Environments and the Trigger Finger.​​​​The rise of VR, Mixed-Reality and 360-degree storytelling in performance contexts necessitates new modes of embodied storytelling, and practitioners have argued for a rethinking of empathy, of immersion... Read More →
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Adelina Ong

Independent Researcher
Applied Performance and Place.Parkour, skateboarding, breakin' (breakdance), graffiti, cosplay, martial arts.Looking for postdoc opportunities in UK (for research in HK and Shanghai).Resisting Neoliberal Technologies of Self-repair: Performing Depression, Teaching a Mental Wellbeing... Read More →
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Alexander Kelly

24'51": Living A Lunar DayIt’s been a long time coming, this one. Back in 2004, Third Angel artists Alexander Kelly & Rachael Walton were engaged in a research project called Karoshi (Japanese for ‘death from overwork’) with Dr Christine Sprigg and Dr Peter Totterdell from... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm BST
Thornlea: TS1

11:30am BST

Open Panel Session 1: Directing and Dramaturgy
At Home in this World:  Strange Environments

Presenters
PW

Pen Woods

‘Hosts and Enemies in the Theatre: The Audience as Stranger’In this paper I consider the ways in which directors and dramaturgs construct the audience as friend or stranger, how they practice hospitality and extend friendship to audiences in productions but how audiences might... Read More →
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Phil Stanier

Strange Landscapes: Nature, Psychogeography, and Agency in the recent work of the Strange Names Collective.Mark Fisher (2016) has suggested that excessive presence is ‘Weirdness’, and that an absence marks the ‘Eerie’. These terms can both be applied to the relative presence... Read More →
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Catherine Love

Estrangement in the Anthropocene: Dramaturgical strategies for an age of ecological breakdownIt has been widely acknowledged that the Anthropocene and its attendant phenomena of global warming, ecological destruction and biodiversity loss involve a startling confrontation with the... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm BST
Thornlea: TS3

11:30am BST

Open Panel Session 1: Documenting Performance
Session Title:  Rogue Archives

Presenters
BL

Bryce Lease

Royal Holloway, University of London
Social Media as a Queer Archive? Negotiating Digital Archives in the Global South Abigail De Kosnik defines the rogue archive as that which is accessible 24/7 without barriers to accessibility, embracing content that has never been contained in traditional memory institutions (2016... Read More →
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Bryony White

'The Absence of the Past is a Terror’: The Langston Hughes Estate, Isaac Julien and Governing Legacies. In this paper, I take Isaac Julien’s Looking for Langston (1989) and explore how Julien intervenes in the codified and regulatory frameworks of the Langston Hughes estate... Read More →
SB

Season Butler

Season Butler, Wayward Temporalities – Fell on Black Days: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and the Erotics of Black Life and DeathI am currently preparing a research project grounded in the burgeoning fields of intersectional and critical race narratology using Lauren Berlant's notion of... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm BST
Roborough: RS2

11:30am BST

Open Panel Session 1: Theatre History and Historiography
CHAIR:  Jim Davis

Presenters
NT

Nebojša Todorović

Deterritorializing the European Imaginary: (Greek) Tragedy and the End of Yugoslavia.Two conceptual territories bracket Europe’s imaginary geography: Greco-Roman Antiquity and the modern Balkans. According to Leontis, an “abstract principle of territorial identification” ties... Read More →
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Gianina Druță

The establishment of Henrik Ibsen’s play Ghosts in the Romanian theatreThe aim of this paper is to discuss the establishment of Henrik Ibsen’s play Ghosts in the Romanian theatre repertoire in the first half of the 20th century. The analysis is based on the main theatre traditions... Read More →
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Lizzie Stewart

Industry Professionals in Post/Migration: Networks and the NaunynstraßeIn the wake of the so-called refugee crisis which peaked in 2015, a strong association seems to have formed in English-language theatre scholarship between German-language theatre and engagement with migration... Read More →
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Heike Roms

Mappings and Crossmappings: How to Network the Histories of Performance Art in Europe?Networking the Histories of Performance Art is an international research network that brings together scholars and artists whose work is focused on the emergence of performance and action art in... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm BST
Roborough: RS3

11:30am BST

Open Panel Session 1: Theatre, Performance and Philosophy
Session Title: Philosophies of dispossession

Presenters
LC

Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca

Performance Philosophy & Animals: Towards a Radical EqualityIn this talk, I’ll aim to advance my consideration of the notion of a “radical equality” with a focus on the expansion or mutation of equality itself through encounters with nonhuman animals. As others in the animal... Read More →
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Karoline Gritzner

Subjective dispossession in the theatre of the immanent sublimeThis paper is in search for traces of the sublime in contemporary theatrical performance. Understood as an experience of negative presentation, formlessness, dislocation and subjective dispossession, the sublime might... Read More →
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Silvia Battista

When the Spirits are Socially Engaged: Journey to the Lower World by Marcus CoatesThis paper engages with the proposed theme by looking at the performance Journey to the Lower World devised by Marcus Coates in 2004. It is an expanded version of the chapter “When the Spirits are... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm BST
Roborough: RS1

1:00pm BST

Lunch and Book Launch: Time and Performer Training
A buffet lunch will be served in the Forum building for all delegates.

In addition, Mark Evans, Konstantinos Thomaidis and Libby Worth will be launching their new edited collection, Time and Performer Training (Routledge). The launch will run from 1.20pm-1.45pm at the Routledge stand in the Forum: Street area. Devon scones with jam and cream will be served to celebrate.

Thursday September 5, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm BST
Forum: Street

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 3: Applied and Social Theatre
Theorising Horizons of Possibilities, Openings, and Futures in Applied Theatre Practice

Session Title: Possibilities: International Perspectives

Presenters
AB

Andy Barrett, Brian J. Brown, Jonathan Coope, Mark Crossley, Raghu Raghaven and Sivakami Muthusamy

Andy Barrett, Brian J. Brown, Jonathan Coope, Mark Crossley*, Raghu Raghaven and Sivakami Muthusamy‘Suno Suno (listen, listen)’. Community theatre for exploring mental health and resilience of internal migrants in India  This paper responds directly to the working group themes... Read More →
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Robert Smith

Rethinking Spatialities and Temporalities of Global Applied Theatre Practice in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals   The language of development is problematic: it occurs ‘over there’, in spaces commonly imagined as ‘in the past’ (Fabian 1983; Massey 2005... Read More →
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Reka Polonyi

Is academic documentation a form of perpetuation, or the beginning of an end? The case of future documentation in applied theatre within the occupied Palestinian territories.  “Things cease to exist the minute we become aware of the need to document them,” states Palestinian... Read More →
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Magdalena C. De Leon and Anne Richie G. Balgos

The theatre we seek, we keep: Community engagement through performing arts  Theatre as a term and as a movement has continued to evolve in its all-embracing energy. It has surpassed the stage as it reached out to underprivileged communities, political platforms and special populations... Read More →
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Poppy Spowage

East African Soul Train: Reimagining the Possibilities Performance in East Africa  Academic explorations of applied performance in East Africa have primarily focused on Theatre for Development. Attention has remained firmly centre stage on the creative output or on the direct impact... Read More →
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Erika Hughes

Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead, Performance, University of Portsmouth
Interactive session - Applying Self Care: Strategies for Practitioners   Applied theatre is an immensely rewarding field in which to work, and its practitioners make significant positive impacts in the lives of participants, observers, and community members. However, practitioners are... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm BST
Thornlea: TS5

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 3: Bodies and Performance
Inscriptions, Affects and Eco-Systems:  Bodies that Try

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Hopfinger

Sarah Hopfinger

Lecturer in Contemporary Performance Practice, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Performance and Chronic Pain:  Ecologies of Pain.This practice research demonstration critically and creatively explores chronic pain bodies and performance. The performance lecture will specifically focus on my current practice-led research project, Ecologies of Pain, which explores... Read More →
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Sara Reimers

Making an Appearance:  Exploring the Emotional Labour of Aesthetic Labour.In their analysis of fashion modelling industries, Entwistle and Wissenger argue for the emotional content of aesthetic labour, conceptualising it as “adding to, or extending, rather than supplanting emotional... Read More →
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Paul Geary

Performing Offence:  Indignity and Provocation in Ivo Dimchev's P-ProjectAt the Birmingham-European (BE) festival in the summer of 2018, Bulgarian artist Ivo Dimchev presented P-Project; a participatory work where audience-participants are invited onto the stage to contribute to... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm BST
Thornlea: TS4

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 3: Directing and Dramaturgy
Strangers and Migrants

Presenters
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Kara McKechnie

Performing (Br)Exile: Dramaturgies of Estrangement in the UK and GermanyThis paper considers cross-cultural practice which grows out of political estrangement, focusing on Anglo-German cultural exchange and exile. The impulse comes from a quotation by director Peter Zadek (1926... Read More →
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Szabolcs Musca

Deconstructing Strangeness: migrant theatre and dramaturgies of belonging In her Strange Encounters, Sara Ahmed provides an important analysis on the figure of migrant often constructed as a stranger, asking: ‘how can we read migrant narratives without taking for granted the stranger... Read More →
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Mary Mazzilli

Strangeness in post-Brexit Britain: migrant communities in North Essex connected through theatre. Considering the effect of the Brexit referendum, the ‘human side of migration’ has involved migrant communities (Syrian, Polish, Filippino and Chinese) from the North Essex region... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm BST
Thornlea: White House 3

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 3: Documenting Performance
Session Title: Reporting


Presenters
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joe kelleher

Among the actor-figures (the picture of someone’s back)  At the 2018 TaPRA annual conference I contributed the first in a year-long series of texts under the title Among the actor-figures. The aim was ‘to explore ways of writing about art events contingently, seen in peripheral... Read More →
AM

Anika Marschall

When is performance research?Because of the rapid political changes in our supranational community in Europe, responses to my research about performance, human rights and refugee often emphasise how timely it is. However timely it might be to some, I am compelled to undertake my research... Read More →
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Georgina Guy

Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London
In Tense and Purposes: Verbal Images and Reported Actions  “And I think what really is happening here, right now, there is a process of documentation happening. Now documentation for a performer is a process that is very crucial.” Rose English, Plato’s Chair (1983) as presented... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm BST
Thornlea: White House 2

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 3: Performance and New Technologies
Session Title: Access and Inclusion: scaling, training and empathy in a post-digital age

Presenters
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Kasia Senyszyn

University of Kent
Inclusion on a shoestring: scaling accessibility methods and resources  With over 11 million people in the UK with hearing or sight loss and the spending power of disabled people topping £249 billion, the business case for greater accessibility in theatre is clear. Plus, the Equality... Read More →
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Pascale Aebischer

Gregory Doran’s ‘tech-enabled’ Tempest (2016): empathy in the face of ‘bleeding-edge technology’This paper examines Greg Doran’s 2016 Tempest, for which the RSC teamed up with tech giant Intel and motion capture studio Imaginarium. The team used digital technologies... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm BST
Roborough: RS3

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 3: Performance and Science
Presenters
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Nicola Shaughnessy and Hannah Newman

Professor Nicola Shaughnessy and Dr Hannah Newman: View from the bridge: working in the arts/science interspaceThis paper will discuss the initial phase of the project Playing A/Part, an interdisciplinary collaboration between arts researchers at the University of Kent (Drama and... Read More →
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Paul Johnson

Arts-science collaboration: models and challenges for theatre practiceThere is an established field of arts-science ‘characterised by the collaboration of artists and scientists and by research combining scientific and aesthetic investigation’ (Muller et. Al 2015). This work often... Read More →
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Yael Via

Bar-Ilan University
Aesthetics of Mathematics in the Physical Theatre CompliciteThis paper explores the representations and functions of aesthetics of mathematics in theatre. The paper focuses especially on Complicite's A Disappearing Number (2007), a devised play inspired by G. H. Hardy's essay on the... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm BST
Thornlea: SR2

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 3: Performance, Identity and Community
Session Title: Labour, precarity and value

Presenters
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Nadine Holdsworth

No Optimism, Just Getting By: Inviting empathy through representations of precarious Labour in Contemporary British Theatre Whilst Jill Dolan’s seminal Utopia in Performance (2005) offers an invitation to regard the potentiality of theatre to rehearse a ‘better world’, it might... Read More →
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Louise Owen

Money’s futurityWhat role does contemporary theatre play in shaping cultural understandings of money as a trans-historical given? This paper seeks to respond to this question through an analysis of two contemporary productions of Shakespearean dramas that each grapple with money... Read More →
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David Calder

Disorderly Spaces for Uncertain Times: Street Theatre after BataclanThe state of exception sometimes referred to as the War on Terror is self-perpetuating: as an abstract concept, terror is unable to surrender, and as an emotion, terror is generated or intensified by the very war... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm BST
Thornlea: White House 1

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 3: Performer Training
Title:  Practitioners

Panel Discussion

Presenters
avatar for Mark Evans

Mark Evans

Professor of Theatre Training and Education, Coventry University
Performer training, movement, physical theatre, Jacques Lecoq, Jacques Copeau, actor training.Jacques Lecoq’s Twenty MovementsThe twenty movements set of exercises is used during the first year of the training at the Lecoq School in Paris as a structure for the development of technique... Read More →
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Thomas Wilson

Mod/Yr Coordinator BA European Theatre Arts, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance
An Exercise is a Lever – ‘teaching’ training.For the past decade (within a conservatoire context), I have been ‘training training’ as a distinct practice for undergraduate performers – a ‘meta-training’ as it were. In this paper, I will set out to unpack some of my... Read More →
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Bryan Brown

Recipes, Experiments and ExperiencesThe role of the exercise in the theatre laboratoryEugenio Barba has stated that the Polish Theatre Laboratory’s exercises were “an atomic bomb [that] explode[d] in the professional environment, upsetting the mental habits and the practice of... Read More →



Thursday September 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm BST
Thornlea: TS1

2:00pm BST

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 3: Scenography
Session Title: Scenography as a mode of attention to place

Presenters
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Meg Cunningham

“Place-making and scenographic world-building”In themed entertainment (TE) design, ‘place-making’ often refers to the architecture-centric portions of the theme park found in between attractions; these areas are not necessarily ‘narrative-based’ but usually highly ‘themed... Read More →
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Alex Stone

Metamorphosis – how a site informs the material being presentedA talk exploring the staging of interventions and the considerations behind the adaption of materials to the environment within which they occur.As part of my current project Shoreline 20/50 I have collected Single use... Read More →
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Hannah Rowlands

Drawing Attention as a Scenographic act.My presentation concerns drawing attention to embodied experience as an act of scenographic design. These scenographic processes emerged in an ethnography undertaken in 2017, in which I examined the rehearsal process of practitioners collaborating... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm BST
Roborough: RS2

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 3: Sound, Voice and Music
Presenters
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Karen Quigley

‘Hardworking people, people who work hardworking people’: Listening to repetition in Nic Green’s Cock and Bull.  In 2015, Nic Green, Rosana Cade and Laura Bradshaw created Cock and Bull, a piece of feminist political performance for the Arches performance space in Glasgow... Read More →
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Michael Bachmann

“Listening across Media and the Transnational Politics of Sound ‘Work’” Produced in 2009 for German public broadcaster BR, the sound piece Work—a collaboration between author Thomas Meinecke and musician Move D—consists almost entirely of an electronic music soundtrack... Read More →
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Gordon Murray

Speak with a listening voiceMade in collaboration with the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association, The Nuclear Community Charity Fund and The Fallout Descendants Organisation, Fallout: Portraits of Nuclear Children was an attempt to find a new form which moved beyond community... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm BST
Thornlea: TS3

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 3: Theatre History and Historiography
Working Group field trip to The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.  
This is open to all participants in this Working Group, and we extend the invitation to other conference participants; please email the Working Group Convenors for further information: theatrehistory@tapra.org

Thursday September 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm BST
Thornlea: SR1

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 3: Theatre, Performance and Philosophy
Session Title: Choreographies of dispossession

Presenters
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Sylvia Solakidi

Silent Makers: Offers Enacted through Theatrical Encounters, as a Modality of Being with Others in Jan Fabre’s The Generosity of DorcasIn the choreographic solo The Generosity of Dorcas (2017) created for Matteo Sedda, Jan Fabre praises the generous openness of performers by drawing... Read More →
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Vânia Gala

Other Possible choreographies: The Potential of the Missing PerformerThis talk assumes the performative conversational form in a round-table with the participants. It will be written in the way my practice is experienced, attempted: interrupted by scores and chance procedures.I will... Read More →
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Mira Hirtz

Micro-worlds: dancing co-creationThis lecture performance on my current research into the linkage between dance, somatic practices and ecology will reflect on the difficulties, possibilities and questions that keep arising when trying to grasp the complexity of ‘nature’, while... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm BST
Roborough: RS1

3:30pm BST

Tea and Coffee
Thursday September 5, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm BST
Forum: Street

4:00pm BST

TaPRA Executive Curated Panel
Decolonizing Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies 
 
This TaPRA Executive-sponsored panel consists of five provocations addressing decolonizing research, teaching, practice and the industry in theatre, dance and performance studies. Each speaker will address a particular area, finishing with a short provocation or question. Following this, there will be a 30-minute open discussion. The panel will also launch a related website. 

Chair: Professor Jerri Daboo (University of Exeter) 

Presenters
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Lynette Goddard

Dr Lynette Goddard (Royal Holloway, University of London): ‘ Researching Gaps’ This provocation will focus on how recognising and filling the research gaps about race and Black experience works to develop an inclusive approach to contemporary British theatre.  
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Royona Mitra

Dr Royona Mitra (Brunel University London): ‘Making Space’ This provocation will consider the political efficacy of ‘making space’ and ‘taking up space’ (Kwakye and Ogunbiyi, 2019) as dialectical decolonial acts that can displace, disrupt and reconstitute the... Read More →
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Tom Cornford

TaPRA Executive Curated Panel:Dr Tom Cornford (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London): ‘Undoing Language’ This provocation will address some ways in which whiteness shapes research, not only in terms of its content, but the theoretical standpoints... Read More →
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Victor Ladron de Guevara

Dr Victor Ladron de Guevara (University of Plymouth): ‘Gatekeeping Accents’ This provocation will explore the absence/presence of ‘foreign’ accents on the contemporary British stage as a phenomenon that both challenges and re-asserts hegemonic cultural practices and... Read More →
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Prarthana Purkayastha

Dr Prarthana Purkayastha (Royal Holloway, University of London): ‘Decolonising Archives and Histories’ This provocation will examine the violence of archives and history on certain kinds of performance remains, noticing how the politics of race can impact historical writing... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm BST
Forum: Alumni Auditorium

5:15pm BST

David Bradby Memorial Lecture
This keynote, entitled "Discipline and askēsis", will be presented by Dr Kélina Gotman, who won the TaPRA David Bradby Award 2018. The session will be chaired by Professor Jane Milling (University of Exeter).

Presenters
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Kélina Gotman

David Bradby Memorial Lecture Speaker
Discipline and _askēsis_This talk articulates a choreographic and dramaturgical approach to the question of free thinking, emphasising the movement of thought and the practice of careful free speaking. Drawing on Michel Foucault's reading of the Greek concept of askēsis, to denote... Read More →


Thursday September 5, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm BST
Forum: Alumni Auditorium

7:30pm BST

Conference Dinner
Please visit this page for more information about the Conference Meal: https://tapra2019.sched.com/sponsor/conference_dinner.1zxtdael.

Even if you did not register for the meal, you are still welcome to join in the dance party afterwards from 10 pm to midnight at Reed Hall on campus:
 
Embrace the pace, don your sweatbands and allow your mind, body & soul to succumb to the funky lunge-tech rhythms brought to you by, the one, the only, Exeter legend: Aerobosizer!
 
There will be an honesty box available for those joining after the meal: it’s ‘pay what you can’ but we would recommend £5. A cash bar will also be open.

Thursday September 5, 2019 7:30pm - 11:59pm BST
Reed Hall
 
Friday, September 6
 

9:00am BST

Registration
On arrival at the conference, we ask you to please register as soon as possible. In your conference bag, you’ll be given a brief conference brochure, including a basic schedule and a campus map, and a reusable water bottle. You will also find a set of provocations for interaction and contemplation, designed by Stephen Hodge for use between timetabled conference events, please click here for further details. 

Please note that if you need to use the luggage room, this is located in Roborough Studios.

Friday September 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am BST
Thornlea: Alexander Building

9:15am BST

TaPRA Gallery
Borderlands

The TaPRA Gallery presents artworks and documentation arising from Practice as Research (PaR) projects in and across theatre and performance disciplines.The theme is 'Borderlands', especially how it might relate to the body and subjectivity in PaR. The work is located in Thornlea, some presented in a more traditional gallery mode, and some to be encountered accidentally.

The Gallery has been curated by PhD researchers in the Performance.Experience.Presence (P.E.P) research group at the University of Plymouth.

Exhibit Locations:
Alexander Building GP1 – Anna Macdonald
Alexander Building GP2 – Anthea Moys, Charlie Conforth
White House Library (ground floor) – Sophie Edlund, Janice Howard
White House Foyer - Prophecy Sun and Reese Muntean
Alexander Building Computer Room – Karen Abadie, Teri & James, Karen Berger, Christina Papagiannouli
Alexander Building Gallery – Carmen Wong, Katerina Athanasopoulou, Nik Wakefield, Natalie, Kathy & Chris

Presenters
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karen abadie

Performing the unspeakable on the skin (for Bodies and Performance WG)My doctoral research explores what happens when feelings in my body become intolerable, how, over time, I have developed a strategy that works, but one that other people find horrific, disgusting, impossible to... Read More →
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Katerina Athanasopoulou

I am submitting/proposing three prints deriving from my current research in Virtual Reality as a medium of peripatetic documentary. The work begins as I perform a kind of solitary procession, holding a 360 camera on a ‘selfie stick’ like a staff, or a flagpole, or a torch. My... Read More →
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Karen Berger

Performing Belonging/Performing Exploring   In this work I use my subjective performing body to interrogate colonisation and the hegemony of borders. Two videos juxtapose documentation of the site specific performance I created for my prize-winning Practice as Research M.A... Read More →
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Charlie Cornforth

I am a performance artist who has been conducting a research masters at Plymouth University. For the past year, I have been investigating the formation of toxic masculinity within my own identity. Seeking to understand how the body may be used as a site of resistance to reveal and... Read More →
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Sophia Edlund

Listening across a herding call: A practice-as-research Provocation How do we come to resist or not resist specific sounds in the call and response of the vocal ‘in-between’ (Thomaidis and Macpherson 2015)? My voice-based practice-as-research explores this query by focusing on... Read More →
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Katheryn Owens and Chris Green

Provocation for Performance, Identity and Community WG: I’m dead! Russian Doll, trauma and friendshipIn this provocation we will discuss how the notion of the ‘slow cancellation of the future’, as articulated through Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life (2014) is explored through... Read More →
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Teri and James Harper-Bailie

Redacted  This short film aims to negotiate the public/private dynamics at play within our collaborative research, in particular it aims to highlight a blurring of the boundaries between the personal, the private and the public. Sarah Wall recognised this blurring within autoethnographic practices... Read More →
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Janice Howard

Merleau-Ponty talks about how meaning is bodily and how our body is our anchorage to the world. What happens then when a body can’t remember? How do you and those around you anchor when everything is literally and figuratively in motion, when meaning is disrupted? a well trodden... Read More →
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Anna Macdonald

I made everything is a durational performance for camera (moving image installation) that explores the complex relationship between integrity, validation and the body within the artist’s work. In it, dance artist and scholar, Anna Macdonald lays claim to a list of culturally recognised... Read More →
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Anthea Moys

Performer Training Presentation:Playing to Win Vs. Playing to keep on PlayingThe practice-as-research project investigates what could happen when we adopt ‘trickster tactics’ through performance to ‘change the rules of the game’ in sport so as to potentially create an alternate... Read More →
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Prophecy Sun and Reese Muntean

Standard models of research-creation usually take the form of a project, documentation, disseminated through presentations and academic literature. This interdisciplinary artwork takes a contemporaneous making-thinking-doing approach that explores and tries to define new potent fields... Read More →
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Christina Papagiannouli

On January 2014, I cyber-collaborated remotely with international artists and cyberformance experts, who were born in different countries from those in which they were living at that time, to stage a cyberformance on UpStage platform on the topic of migration, immigration and... Read More →
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Natalie Raven

University of Plymouth
Scenography WG Presentation:Staging Bodies in Situ: Artistic Responses to Working with/in Landscape. This paper charts my experiences and critical reflections as a performance artist, in the making of visual artworks situated in landscape at locations across the UK and USA. Veiled... Read More →
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Playing Dead

Playing Dead is a handmade artist book of polaroid photographs of reenactments of eight famous dead people buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The book maps the locations of the graves of dancers, actors, musicians and writers such as Isadora Duncan and Gertrude Stein... Read More →



Friday September 6, 2019 9:15am - 2:00pm BST
Thornlea: Various

9:30am BST

Tea and Coffee
Friday September 6, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am BST
Roborough and Thornlea

9:30am BST

PG/ECR Professional Issues Panel
What 'counts' as research? Navigating the REF in early career research.  

Our two guest speakers will each offer strategies for navigating the impact of the Research Excellence Framework upon the already precarious climate of early career research. Drawing from their varied and substantial experiences in the discipline, each speaker will address how to respond to the criteria for assessing research ‘outputs’ in productive ways.  
 
Followed by open questions and discussion.  
 
Tea / Coffee will be provided in the venue.

This panel has been organised by the PG representatives on the TaPRA Executive Committee, Hannah Greenstreet and Cathy Sloan.

Speakers:

Prof. Roberta Mock  
Roberta Mock is Professor of Performance Studies and Director of the Doctoral College at the University of Plymouth. She is also the Chair of TaPRA. Roberta is a veteran of four UK research assessment exercises, has written and led submissions in two, and has been a member of her University's RAE/REF/Research Strategy and Steering Groups for over a decade. Her own research tends to focus on gender and sexuality in live art and popular performance, and is expressed in both textual/written forms and as creative practice. 
 
Dr. Margherita Laera 
Margherita Laera is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, Canterbury, where she is co-Director of the European Theatre Research Network (with Kent, RCSSD and Aarhus). She has published widely on theatre translation, adaptation, multilingualism and Italian theatre in edited collections and scholarly journals. She is the author of the forthcoming book Theatre & Translation (Red Globe Press, 2019) and of Reaching Athens: Community, Democracy and Other Mythologies in Adaptations of Greek Tragedy(Peter Lang, 2013), and the editor of Theatre and Adaptation: Return, Rewrite, Repeat (Bloomsbury, 2014) and London: Brexit Stage Left (Cue Press, 2019). Margherita is the Online Editor of Theatre Topics and Theatre Journal. She has recently completed a project entitled ‘Translation, Adaptation, Otherness’ (2016–19), for which she received the Theatre and Performance Research Association’s Early Career Research Prize for 2018. She is currently working on two AHRC- and Creative Europe-funded public engagement projects on contemporary playwriting and translation in Europe. Margherita translates plays from and into Italian and English. 

Presenters
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Margherita Laera

ECR Keynote Speaker
Be My Guest? Practicing Reciprocal Hospitality Through Theatre Translation   This paper mobilises the notion of hospitality as a metaphor to establish theatre translation as an ethical and political practice that can contribute to a more inclusive and equal world on... Read More →

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Cathy Sloan

TaPRA Exec: Postgraduate Representative
Cathy Sloan is an applied theatre-maker, teacher and performance researcher.She was Associate and later Artistic Director of Outside Edge Theatre Company, devising performances with, by and for people in recovery from addiction. Her recent publications address the ethics and politics... Read More →
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Hannah Greenstreet

TaPRA Exec: Postgraduate Representative
Hannah Greenstreet is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, researching realism and feminism in contemporary theatre. She won the 2016 TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prize and is TaPRA Postgraduate Representative. Her work has been published in Studies in Theatre... Read More →
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Roberta Mock

TaPRA Exec: Chair
Roberta Mock is Professor of Performance Studies and Director of the Doctoral College at the University of Plymouth. She is also the Chair of TaPRA. Roberta is a veteran of four UK research assessment exercises, has written and led submissions in two, and has been a member of her... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am BST
Roborough: RS1

10:15am BST

Open Panel Session 2: Performance and New Technologies
Session Title: Audience in Control: intersections of voice, text, algorithms and audio technologies in participatory performance (session includes live performance and presentations)

Presenters
DH

Dan Herbert

Algorithmic Poetry in Performance I will share and discuss a recent performance at the Turner Contemporary Margate as part of a Knowledge exchange project entitled WordsnWaves funded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University. WordsnWaves was setup... Read More →
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John D'Arcy

Queen's University Belfast
First Steps into Someone Else’s Ears:  The initial activities of Do You Hear What I Hear?  Do You Hear What I Hear (DYHWIH) is an interdisciplinary project that aims to explore how differences in auditory sensory experiences might be shared through technologically-assisted performances... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am BST
Roborough: RS3

10:15am BST

Open Panel Session 2: Performance, Identity and Community
Session Title: Nationhood and imagined communities

Presenters
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Helen Nicholson

Beyond Redemption: Addressing a Cultural BacklashOn June 24th 2016 the Brexit vote shook the arts establishment. Rufus Norris, the artistic director of the Royal National Theatre, described the vote as a ‘wake-up call’ that revealed a profound anti-London sentiment and a fractured... Read More →
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Julia Peetz

Legitimizing Optimism and Retrospective Progress: New Deal Nostalgia in Leftist Performances of American NationhoodPerformances of American nationhood have long relied on the widely shared belief that the legitimacy of U.S. democracy is grounded in its pursuit of a set of ideals first... Read More →
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Gemma Edwards

‘Simpler Times’? Exploring Pre-Industrial, Rural England in E.V Crowe’s The Sewing Group (2016)In The Country and the City, Raymond Williams identified the contrasting temporalities between urban and rural spatialities: the city represented as a ‘place of noise, worldliness... Read More →
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Gareth Evans

‘Collective temporal distortions’: Queering Wythnos yng Nghymru FyddIn 1957, the Welsh nationalist political party Plaid Cymru, published a science fiction novel. Still the only SF novel in the Welsh-language literary canon, Islwyn Ffowc Elis’ Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd [1] (A... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am BST
Roborough: RS1

10:15am BST

Open Panel Session 2: Performer Training
Title:  Extending Exercises

Panel Discussion

Presenters
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Sarah Weston

Training as an Exercise in CollectivityPerformer training manifests the relationship between the individual and the collective, the singular to the rest of the group. We can train on our own or as part of a group, in training one can be on their own and collective simultaneously... Read More →
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Libby Worth

Where are the exercises in amateur traditional dance training? In out in, hop behind two threeIn out in, hop behind two threeIn out in, hop behind two threeHop behind two three four five six sevenEmbedded into the brain from watching hours of Irish Dance, so goes the rhythmic reminder... Read More →
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Kate Craddock

Exercises in Leadership Over the last year, I have taken part in an intensive fellowship programme premised on developing leadership skills for the cultural sector. While the programme is largely self-designed and exploratory in nature, I have also taken part in many mandatory core... Read More →
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Jane Turner and Patrick Campbell

Drudgery, Graft… Inspiration?The Role of Exercises in the Third Theatre CommunityOver the past four years, Jane Turner and Patrick Campbell have carried out an analysis into the contemporary value of the Third Theatre – a transnational theatrical community first identified by... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am BST
Thornlea: TS1

10:15am BST

Open Panel Session 2: Popular Performance
Session Title: Masks and Masculinities (Chair: Simon Sladen)

Presenters
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Simon Dodi

(Re)Performing myself through Frankie, Larry and Kenneth.  This paper will address the complex layers of identity that are evident in historical male camp performance, by speaking about my current PhD project: a practice-as-research examination of male camp identity in British popular... Read More →
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Nick Havergal

“Charly and Family come home to Bath”: The On- and Off-Stage Masculinities of a Touring Entertainer (1899 – 1904). In August 1899, Bath-born “Refined Entertainer” Carl Fredericks joined Charles W. Poole’s No. 1 Myriorama tour in Dublin along with his wife, daughter and... Read More →
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Mark Edward and Stephen Farrier

Dragging identities – or how to make drag even queerer.Drag, in certain quarters of the critical landscape, is the epitome of the social construct of gender and such critical positions somehow seem to ignore the performer’s relationship to the persona they inhabit (or who apparently... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am BST
Thornlea: TS5

10:15am BST

Open Panel Session 2: Scenography
Session Title: Scenographic strategies of place

Presenters
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Rachel Hann

Justice Scenographics: Speculating renewed human-world relations Drawing upon an ongoing collaboration with the Design Studio for Social Intervention (ds4si) (Boston, USA)on spatial justice, this paper outlines the role scenographic traits, or scenographics, can playin the enactment... Read More →
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Joslin McKinney

Scenographic attunement in urban environmentsThis presentation is part of a larger project, Scenographic City: using scenography to understand the affects of urban materiality, where I am using scenography as a methodology and asking: How can scenographic knowing contribute to an... Read More →
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Susannah Henry

Scenographer + Lecturer + PhD Student, Guildhall School
My Feet Hurt: The scenographer’s body as place (or How to run yourself from one PhD… into another)This is the story of Susannah Henry who, until recently, was busily researching the scenographer’s experience of space and place, and how this might inform their practice.Training... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am BST
Roborough: RS2

10:15am BST

Open Panel Session 2: Sound, Voice and Music
Presenters
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Lynne Kendrick

Head/Phone: listening and the proximate voice The sight of headphones is a ubiquitous sign that the listener is engaged in something other than just the quotidian; from Hosokawa’s Walkman effect, to the gallery in-ear description or the urban audio walk, the proximity of sound... Read More →
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Millie Taylor

Listening to theatre music at the RSC – The Tempest (2016) This paper focuses on a consideration of music’s liveness in a live theatre context when accompanying a highly digitised production such as the RSC’s recent production of The Tempest (dir. Doran, 2016). By examining... Read More →
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Ben Macpherson

Songs of spectral simuloquism: A hauntology of bio-musical cast recordingsThis paper will explore the postmodern phenomenon of listening to cast recordings of bio-musicals. From Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (1989) to Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (2018), bio-musicals seek to... Read More →
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Lara Kipp

Listening to/in Fragments – Initial Thoughts on Paul Bull’s Legacy Award-winning British sound designer Paul Bull, who passed away in 2017, has left behind a substantial personal collection of sound design materials. Working first as a sound technician, then designer, in repertory... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am BST
Thornlea: TS3

10:15am BST

Open Panel Session 2: TaPRA Gallery Talks
This panel will be chaired by Teri and James Harper-Bailie and features short presentations from the following exhibitors in the TaPRA PaR Gallery:
- Christina Papagiannouli 
- Anna Macdonald 
- Charlie Cornforth
- Janice Howard 
- Karen Abadie 
- Chris Green and Katheryn Owens

The TaPRA Gallery presents artworks and documentation arising from Practice as Research (PaR) projects in and across theatre and performance disciplines. The theme is 'Borderlands', especially how it might relate to the body and subjectivity in PaR. The Gallery has been curated by PhD researchers in the Performance.Experience.Presence (P.E.P) research group at the University of Plymouth.

Presenters
KA

karen abadie

Performing the unspeakable on the skin (for Bodies and Performance WG)My doctoral research explores what happens when feelings in my body become intolerable, how, over time, I have developed a strategy that works, but one that other people find horrific, disgusting, impossible to... Read More →
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Katheryn Owens and Chris Green

Provocation for Performance, Identity and Community WG: I’m dead! Russian Doll, trauma and friendshipIn this provocation we will discuss how the notion of the ‘slow cancellation of the future’, as articulated through Mark Fisher’s Ghosts of My Life (2014) is explored through... Read More →
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Christina Papagiannouli

On January 2014, I cyber-collaborated remotely with international artists and cyberformance experts, who were born in different countries from those in which they were living at that time, to stage a cyberformance on UpStage platform on the topic of migration, immigration and... Read More →
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Charlie Cornforth

I am a performance artist who has been conducting a research masters at Plymouth University. For the past year, I have been investigating the formation of toxic masculinity within my own identity. Seeking to understand how the body may be used as a site of resistance to reveal and... Read More →
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Anna Macdonald

I made everything is a durational performance for camera (moving image installation) that explores the complex relationship between integrity, validation and the body within the artist’s work. In it, dance artist and scholar, Anna Macdonald lays claim to a list of culturally recognised... Read More →
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Janice Howard

Merleau-Ponty talks about how meaning is bodily and how our body is our anchorage to the world. What happens then when a body can’t remember? How do you and those around you anchor when everything is literally and figuratively in motion, when meaning is disrupted? a well trodden... Read More →
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Teri and James Harper-Bailie

Redacted  This short film aims to negotiate the public/private dynamics at play within our collaborative research, in particular it aims to highlight a blurring of the boundaries between the personal, the private and the public. Sarah Wall recognised this blurring within autoethnographic practices... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am BST
Thornlea: White House 2

12:00pm BST

TaPRA AGM
All delegates at the conference are members of TaPRA and are entitled to raise issues and vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM will include reports from the TaPRA Executive on activities and decisions made in the previous year as well as proposals for the one coming. Importantly, TaPRA members will be asked to vote on a proposal to change the legal status of TaPRA to a limited company.

An agenda and papers for the AGM are available below.

If there are any issues you would like to raise or discuss at the TaPRA AGM, please email exec@tapra.org, preferably before 4 September.


TaPRA Exec and Working Group C...
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Anna Harpin

TaPRA Exec: Working Group Co-ordinator
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Broderick D.V. Chow

TaPRA Exec: Research Officer (incoming)
Broderick D.V. Chow is Senior Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University London. His research concerns questions of theatricality, performance, and the sporting body. From 2016-2018 he was Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project Dynamic Tensions: New Masculinities in the Performance... Read More →
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Cathy Sloan

TaPRA Exec: Postgraduate Representative
Cathy Sloan is an applied theatre-maker, teacher and performance researcher.She was Associate and later Artistic Director of Outside Edge Theatre Company, devising performances with, by and for people in recovery from addiction. Her recent publications address the ethics and politics... Read More →
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Hannah Greenstreet

TaPRA Exec: Postgraduate Representative
Hannah Greenstreet is an AHRC-funded PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, researching realism and feminism in contemporary theatre. She won the 2016 TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prize and is TaPRA Postgraduate Representative. Her work has been published in Studies in Theatre... Read More →
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Jo Scott

TaPRA Exec: Conference Officer, Convenor: Performance and New Technologies
Jo Scott is an intermedial practitioner-researcher and lecturer at the University of Salford. Her first monograph, Intermedial Praxis and PaR, was published in 2016 and she has contributed writing to a range of recent publications. Jo’s current research project is exploring the... Read More →
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Katie Beswick

TaPRA Exec: Communications Officer
Katie Beswick is a Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter. She is interested in how class plays out through theatre practices, in the relationship between places and performance, and in sex, sexuality and hip hop. She writes for the music magazine Loud & Quiet, and has published... Read More →
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Konstantinos Thomaidis

TaPRA Exec: Working Group Co-ordinator, Convenor: Sound, Voice and Music
Dr Konstantinos Thomaidis is Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter. He is joint editor of the Routledge Voice Studies series and the Journal of Interdisciplinary Voice Studies. His publications include Voice Studies (2015, Routledge), Theatre & Voice (2017, Palgrave... Read More →
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Patrick Duggan

TaPRA Exec: Secretary
Patrick is a performance scholar interested in what cultural production is it ‘for’ politically, socially, culturally and aesthetically. His research is interested to look not only at contemporary aesthetic practice but also at events in everyday life that we might analyse as... Read More →
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Roberta Mock

TaPRA Exec: Chair
Roberta Mock is Professor of Performance Studies and Director of the Doctoral College at the University of Plymouth. She is also the Chair of TaPRA. Roberta is a veteran of four UK research assessment exercises, has written and led submissions in two, and has been a member of her... Read More →
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Sally Smerdon

TaPRA Administrator
Sally Smerdon joined TaPRA as an administrator just under a year ago and also works in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, as an Assistant Administrator for Research and Creative Industries at The University of Plymouth.
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Tom Cornford

TaPRA Exec: Working Group Co-ordinator
Tom Cornford is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London; Associate Editor of Studies in Theatre and Performance, and a director and dramaturg. His research focuses on relationships between the practices of theatre-making... Read More →



Friday September 6, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
Roborough

1:00pm BST

Lunch
There are packed lunches available at both Thornlea and Roborough Studios for conference delegates. 

If you have told us that you have specific food requirements and want to ensure that your lunch is at the correct site, please email exec@tapra.org as soon as you are able, or else contact the Conference Registration/Reception desk when you arrive and we will do our best to organise this.

Friday September 6, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm BST
Roborough and Thornlea

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 4: Applied and Social Theatre
Theorising Horizons of Possibilities, Openings, and Futures in Applied Theatre Practice

Session Title: Futures: Education

Presenters
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Elaine Faull

Longevity, Reaction and Temporality: The after-life of school-based theatre performance in children’s minds, imagination and memory.  Applied and social theatre studies with young people often conclude that their findings have been limited by not being able to evaluate long-term... Read More →
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Ava Hunt

Applied Theatre Practice: Preserving the Past Confronting the Present  Reflecting on the career of Theatre Centre’s Artistic Director David Johnston (1977-1986), this paper will investigate how their artist-led practice is a model from which contemporary practitioners can learn... Read More →
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Karl Tizzard Kleister

Performing sympathetic presence: can drama open a space for developing person-centred care?  Broadly speaking, person-centred nursing (PCN)1 attempts to humanise nursing care, which has been reported to falter due to failings such as unsatisfactory patient-practitioner interactions.2... Read More →
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Jennifer Kitchen

The Power of Play in Theatre Education: Past framings, future potential.  Responding to the ASTWG’s provocation to understand our past in order to shape our future, this paper considers the legacy of theories of play in drama and theatre education, shares a recent use of playfulness... Read More →
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Paul Sutton and Max Dean

Solvitur ambulando: Using Applied theatre and psychogeography to solve the real through digital landscapes.   This paper presents C&T’s work combining psychogeography and applied theatre methodologies in three of the company’s Online Distance Learning (ODL) applications.  C&T... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm BST
Thornlea: TS5

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 4: Bodies and Performance
Feeling Good:  Bodily Fluids and Sexual Acts

Presenters
avatar for Phoebe Patey-Ferguson

Phoebe Patey-Ferguson

Associate Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London
Pissing on/off the Rich:  the Transgender Terrorist Performances of Rose Wood.It is midnight in Soho. The elite crowd applauds as a woman stumbles on to the stage. She looks dishevelled and confused as she swigs straight from a bottle of Jack Daniels. She stumbles backwards nearly... Read More →
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Poppy Corbett

Revolting sweat, shit and semen: Politicisation of negative affects and abjects in Kim Noble's performance piece You're Not Alone.In Kim Noble’s performance piece You’re Not Alone (first performed 2014), the stage is dominated by a large screen through which he plays documentary... Read More →
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karen abadie

Performing the unspeakable on the skin (for Bodies and Performance WG)My doctoral research explores what happens when feelings in my body become intolerable, how, over time, I have developed a strategy that works, but one that other people find horrific, disgusting, impossible to... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm BST
Thornlea: TS4

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 4: Directing and Dramaturgy
Feminist Disruptions

Presenters
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Nora Williams

(Un-)Strangemaking Gender: Cross- and Single-Gender Productions of ShakespeareWhile review headlines would have us believe that casting women in Shakespearean roles normally given to men is a new and fleeting trend, women have been playing male characters on professional stages in... Read More →
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Hannah Greenstreet

Re-estranging realism: Ophelias Zimmer (2015) by Katie Mitchell, Chloe Lamford and Alice BirchIn Unmaking Mimesis (1997), Elin Diamond argues ‘realism operates in concert with ideology’ because it ‘mystifies the process of theatrical signification’, ‘naturalizes the relation... Read More →
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Isabel Gatzke

On Strangeness – Dramaturgies of Alienation  In her essay Dramaturgy and the Facilitation of Encounters Synne K. Behrndt describes how »dialogue, encounter and potential collision with ›otherness‹ can be dramaturgical strategies […], inviting an exploration of the ways in... Read More →
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Rebecca Benzie

Estrangement in Narrative Content and Dramaturgical Structure: a feminist exploration of the reimagining of history in the work of Helen Edmundson. This paper interrogates unfamiliar historical representation and dramaturgical structures in the work of playwright Helen Edmundson... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm BST
Thornlea: White House 3

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 4: Documenting Performance
Title:  Liminal Spaces

Presenters
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Johanna Linsley

Tilting PointI propose a presentation that starts and departs from a reading from the final chapter of my collaboratively written 'sonic detective novel', Necessary Note (co-authored with Rebecca Collins, forthcoming from Copy Press in 2019). This chapter's title, 'Tilting Point... Read More →
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Kit Danowski

When Death is the Author:Performing the Ghost and Collective MemoryIn this paper I am looking at contemporary spiritualism and historical spirit mediumship in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, where I’m currently based as a lecturer (and practitioner-researcher). In looking at mediumship... Read More →
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Diana Damian-Martin

Balconies: Eastern Europe and the poetics of discontinuity “as an artist, I learned from both East (socialism) and West (capitalism)” Mladen StilinovićOne of the most widely circulated images of the Romanian revolution of December 1989 is of the last public appearance of dictator... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm BST
Thornlea: White House 2

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 4: Performance and New Technologies
Session Title: Technological interactions: ‘cyberparticipation’, computational processes and collaborative environments

Presenters
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David Houston Jones

Temporal Collage: Testimony and Simulation in John Gerrard This paper takes as its starting point the event Simulation, Exercise, Operations, dedicated to John Gerrard’s work and held at the University of Oxford in 2012. The work installed and discussed there, Gerrard’s Exercise... Read More →
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Manoli Moriaty

Interspecific Interactions: modes of interactivity between sound and movement in collaborative performance Collaboration between practitioners expressing through the mediums of sound and movement is an approach spanning a long history, with more recent endeavours giving rise to... Read More →
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Anna Makrzanowska

(Trans)Presence as the embodiment of disappearance within ‘A Gig A Byte’ performance – the live music experience accessed through the silent disco headphonesThe presentation will introduce the concept of (trans)presence in the context of digital participatory act, where presence... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm BST
Roborough: RS3

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 4: Performance and Science
Working group business meeting (publication opportunities)

Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm BST
Thornlea: SR2

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 4: Performance, Identity and Community
Session Title: Identity, futurity and progress 

Presenters
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Aylwyn Walsh

Afro-fabulation: Black Privilege & centring the less good ideaIn South Africa, artists and scholars attempt to move beyond replicating colonial oppressive visions of the notion that ‘another world is possible’. The politics of idealised futures under capitalism and the notion... Read More →
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Lisa Woynarski

Decentring Futurity in Indigenous EcodramaturgiesAs I write this the Extinction Rebellion is underway, with thousands of protesters closing down busy streets in central London. The international network, started in the UK but with groups in many places around the world, state that... Read More →
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Louisa Hann

“If we can’t have a conversation with our past, then what will be our future?”: HIV/AIDS, queer generationalism and utopian performatives in Matthew Lopez’s The InheritanceAs the HIV/AIDS epidemic approaches its fifth decade, and emerging generations of queer-identified youth... Read More →
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Hassan Hussain

A Whole New World: Performing Gay UtopiasIn this paper I explore how several contemporary gay plays (Mark Ravenhill’s Mother Clap’s Molly House (2001), Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride (2008) and Jonathan Harvey’s Canary (2010)) propose and construct gay utopias through... Read More →
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Gerry Harris

RespondentGeraldine (Gerry) Harris is Professor of Theatre Studies at Lancaster University. She has been publishing work on feminism, theatre and performance since the late 1980s. Her books include Staging Femininities, Performance and Performativity (1999), Beyond Representation... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm BST
Thornlea: White House 1

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 4: Performer Training
Title:  PhD Conversation and Plenary Session

PhD Panel 'How do You Research an Exercise 

Practical exercise set by Convenors, followed by small group reflection

Plenary Discussion

Presenters
avatar for Denis Cryer-Lennon

Denis Cryer-Lennon

Towards a critical breath pedagogy for speaking ShakespeareThe purpose of my ongoing PhD research is to establish groundwork for a critical breath pedagogy as an inclusive learning strategy for speaking Shakespeare. It will examine the practical implications of applying ideas/practices... Read More →
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Semane Parsons

Discovery through Re-discovery: Using embodied knowledge to rediscover historical exerciseThis presentation will explore ways in which the previous knowledge and embodied experiences of modern performers can be used to rediscover historical exercises that are new and unfamiliar in... Read More →
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Melinda Szuts

William Butler Yeats and Physical Theatre: Training Techniques for Character, Movement and Mask This paper demonstrates how the play texts of the Irish poet-playwright William Butler Yeats could be used in actor training to develop skills for physical theatre. The analysis explores... Read More →
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Helena Botto

Training populism: How to become a populist? - a tool kit of exercises for almost all emerging populists (or How to Exercise a Research?)Having practiced for many years the ‘Corporal Exercises’ and ‘Plastique Exercises’ from Grotowski’s methodology of physical actions, I... Read More →
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Giorgia Ciampi

Training the eyesIn answer to the panel question, I will focus on a specific exercise drawn from eye practice in Kutiyattam theatre, a unique regional theatre style from Kerala, South India, for which I underwent training with traditional master Gopal Venu (artistic director of Natana... Read More →
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Anthea Moys

Performer Training Presentation:Playing to Win Vs. Playing to keep on PlayingThe practice-as-research project investigates what could happen when we adopt ‘trickster tactics’ through performance to ‘change the rules of the game’ in sport so as to potentially create an alternate... Read More →
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Howard Gayton

Commedia training: Introducing masks at playCommedia dell’Arte’s 21st century training takes place mostly over a short period of time and customarily involves repetitive exercises used to train physicality and movement. This approach may lead actors to become fixated on the techniques... Read More →
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Filippo Romanello

Exercises in RepetitionI consider training as a form of research that prepares a practitioner to perform a practice: actors train to perform actions whilst directors train to perform directions. In the process, old and new possibilities are discovered revealing ‘tacit knowledge... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm BST
Thornlea: TS1

2:00pm BST

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 4: Scenography
Session Title: Critical and philosophical approaches to scenographies of place


Presenters
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Jonathan Croose

'Performing Places:' carnival, culture and the performance of contested national identities at the 2016 Rio Olympics. How do we define ‘place identity’ through creative, scenographic responses to place, landscape and heritage? Which ‘versions’ of place are performed through... Read More →
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Cathy Turner

This year’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale proposed a citation of art works towards a ‘non-alienated life’, referencing Guy Debord, curated by artist Anita Dube.As a key commission for the three-and-a-half month long event, Dube asked Delhi architecture firm Anagram Architects to design... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm BST
Roborough: RS2

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 4: Sound, Voice and Music
Presenters
avatar for Sophia Edlund

Sophia Edlund

Listening across a herding call: A practice-as-research Provocation How do we come to resist or not resist specific sounds in the call and response of the vocal ‘in-between’ (Thomaidis and Macpherson 2015)? My voice-based practice-as-research explores this query by focusing on... Read More →
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Faye Rigopoulou

Listening to female ageing singing voicesThe successful female ageing in a neo-liberal, western socio-cultural and political hegemonic narrative is dictated by an incessant struggle against ageing.The female ageing singing voice (which yet needs to be re-coded, re-defined and re-positioned... Read More →
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Phoebe Ranger

Provocation ProposalThis short provocation presents my initial idea for a doctoral project looking at the way in which social and fan interactions with celebrity singing voices have changed due to technological developments in the 21st Century. As social media increasingly becomes... Read More →
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Jacek Ludwig Scarso

Singing in the DarkThrough nearly two decades of coaching singers in highly contrasting settings, from professional productions to community centres, from HE conservatoires to primary and secondary schools, I have noticed that certain principles continue to inform my practice, transcending... Read More →
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Sara Ruddock

Vibrational kinship: moving, sounding and listening bodies  A mini lecture-performance, based on Sara’s current research of vibrational kinship, which engages questions addressing vibration as the common of sounding, listening and moving, and how this can be tended to and explored... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm BST
Thornlea: TS3

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 4: Theatre History and Historiography
CHAIR:  Kate Newey

Presenters
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Sean Mayes and Sarah Whitfield

Border|Channel Crossings and Black performance practice: tracing performance histories across Europe (1915 - 1918).​​​​The paper focuses on the work of early Twentieth century artists: African American performer and producer William Garland and Black British singer and cabaret... Read More →
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Joseph Prestwich

Collaborative practice and gay subjectivity in the theatre of Thomas Ostermeier, Didier Eribon and Édouard Louis.“Our friendship joins a long tradition of what one could call ‘gay relations’. Circles of friendship bound by an affinity which rests on a common sexuality — and... Read More →
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Julia Delaney and Rosemarie Gerhard

Cathy Marston: a British choreographer at home and abroadThe choreographer Cathy Marston is currently one of the most sought-after ballet choreographers worldwide. Born in Newcastle the daughter of two English teachers, Marston was educated in Cambridge before moving to the Royal... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm BST
Thornlea: SR1

2:00pm BST

Working Group Session 4: Theatre, Performance and Philosophy
Session Title: Ecologies of dispossession

Presenters
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Daniela Perazzo Domm

Vulnerable Practice: Thinking Through Discomfort and PrecarityDaniela Perazzo Domm is Senior Lecturer in Dance at Kingston University London. Her research interrogates the intersections of the aesthetic and the political in contemporary choreographic practices. Her publications include... Read More →
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Nik Wakefield

Statues of EcologyNik Wakefield is Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Design and Performance at University of Portsmouth. He is a researcher, artist and writer working mostly in performance but also across dance, theatre and visual art. His research is concerned with theoretical... Read More →
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David Overend

Building with beavers: Performances of dispossession and agency at the Bamff wetlandsThis paper reflects on a creative workshop at a controversial Eurasian beaver reintroduction project at Bamff Estate in Perthshire, Scotland. Beavers are ecosystem engineers, which make a significant... Read More →
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Jenny Swingler

Writing for performance as an ecological practice in a postmedial ageAs we use multiple screen devices, we are more than ever connected to an ongoing loop of screen images. This image loop is now actively drawn from and referred to in performance, either as subject matter or as imaginative... Read More →


Friday September 6, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm BST
Roborough: RS1