Professor Sally Mackey, PI on Challenging Place, has been awarded a research prize for this work. TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) has awarded Mackey the annual David Bradby prize for Research in International Theatre and Performance in 2016.
The judges said 'From inside, from outside, this project shows change towards place in action and declares its ambition for further work. It is the work of considered scholarship and practice: far reaching, versatile, inclusive and impactful both for the communities with which it worked and for the academic sector which TaPRA represents. The work challenges us to think and work differently and offers a range of case studies on how this might be done. It draws on the author's sustained reflection and practice and brings together a wide range of methodologies. It is an exemplary example of developing and sharing practice which demands new ways of thinking, seeing and working - a new way to occupy space and identify the place of theatre and performance research community in today’s lived experiences’
We have been awarded an AHRC Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement grant (April 2016 – March 2017) to take the Challenging Place work further of c£96,000. The project is entitled ‘Performing Places: working with local councils to reach new communities and facilitate wellbeing in living environments’ [Performing Local Places].
This work was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Each year the AHRC provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities. Only applicants of the highest quality are funded and the range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.
Aberystwyth University were AHRC funded Co-Investigators and in-kind support was offered by Half Moon Young People’s Theatre and Oldham Theatre Workshop.
Project Title: Challenging Concepts of 'Liquid' Place through Performing Practices in Community Contexts
Award Holder: Professor Sally Mackey, The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London
Amount: £136, 882
Dates: May 2011 - April 2014
Funder: Arts and Humanities Research Council