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Different Stages

Exploring public engagement for Drama and Theatre early career academics

'Different Stages: Exploring public engagement for Drama and Theatre early career academics' is a project run by Dr Naomi Paxton and funded by a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award.

The project is designed for Drama and Theatre PhD students and Early Career Researchers (ECR) to:

  • Discuss the role of public engagement and knowledge exchange within the discipline
  • Identify key areas in which advocacy for research in Drama and Theatre might be used to influence policy
  • Learn skills so they can take the lead in creating opportunities for interdisciplinary and creative collaboration both within their institutions and as independent researchers.

The project consists of five workshops and performance events around different themes and in different cities – Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Birmingham and London.

Workshop in London

Free to attend for any PhD student or ECR researching Drama and Theatre, or including drama and theatre practices within their interdisciplinary research. For the purposes of this project there are no time limits on ECR status or a need for a current academic affiliation – all are welcome.

The themes of this workshop are arts and advocacy, and theatre and medicine. Guest speakers are Dr Sylvan Baker (Lecturer in Community Performance and Applied Theatre, CSSD; Education and Creative Learning associate, RSA; Artistic Fellow at QMUL) and Dr Brian Lobel (Knowledge Exchange Fellow, CSSD; Co-founder of The Sick of the Fringe)

When: 20 November 2019

Where: Actors’ Temple, 13-14 Warren Street, London W1T 5LH

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm

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London Showcase

The Different Stages London showcase is part of the Being Human Festival. It will highlight examples of interesting and exciting work being done in and with theatre and performance based around the festival theme of Secrets and Discoveries. Through a series of short talks presenters will share their ideas, research and projects – to open up their work to new audiences and make new connections. All are welcome and tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

When: 20 November 2019

Where: Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St Georges Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR

Time: 6.30pm to 8pm

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Workshop in Bristol

This event took place on July 25 at Windmill Hill City Farm in Bristol and was free to attend for any PhD student or ECR researching Drama and Theatre, or including drama and theatre practices within their interdisciplinary research.

The themes of the workshop were LGBT+ and Queer histories, community engagement, and audiences and cultural participation. Guest speakers were Dr Kirsty Sedgman (Lecturer in Theatre and British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Bristol), Dr Jana Funke (Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities, Department of English and Film, University of Exeter) and Dr Catherine Hindson (Reader in Theatre History, University of Bristol).

Bristol Showcase

The Bristol Showcase took place on July 25 at Windmill Hill City Farm in Bristol. The presenters were Dr Kirsty Sedgman (University of Bristol), Dr Melissa Atkinson (University of Bath), Dr Helen Featherstone (University of Bath), Dr Leon Watts (University of Bath), Dr Kate Holmes (University of Exeter), Denis Cryer-Lennon (University of South Wales), and folk singer Louise Jordan.

Workshop in Manchester

This event took place on June 19 at The Edge Theatre and Arts Centre in Chorlton, Manchester and was free to attend for any PhD student or ECR researching Drama and Theatre, or including drama and theatre practices within their interdisciplinary research.

The themes of the workshop were museums and heritage, interdisciplinary collaboration within the academy, and documenting contemporary performance. Guest speakers were Amy Ryall (External Engagement Projects Manager, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Sheffield) and Dr Kate Dorney (Senior Lecturer in Drama, University of Manchester)