Contemporary Theatre and Performance Practices
Our research in this area explores feminist and queer performance (including immersive, socially engaged practices; the politics and erotics of 1960s New York theatre; feminist lineages in visual art performance; and gender and sexuality in spectating) and curatorial practice (including practice-research in exhibitions).
Situated, Mobile and Socially Engaged Performance Practices
This grouping focuses on research that interrogates the politics of performance as social practice (meeting and assembly in corporate or political contexts; mobility and performance); global localities and ethnicities (Yorùbá performance and Roma communities; belonging and ‘lived citizenship’); and site-responsive interventions (practice-research exploring pedagogic institutions and intangible heritage; in situ environmental science collaborations on ‘plant life’).
A research project by artists Forster and Heighes that explored perspectives on the design and use of pedagogical space and the technical and material resourcing required for innovative theatre making and performance practice across the educational, architectural and planning sectors. Commissioned by Wimbledon Space, the 3-week research residency formed part of a curatorial series, entitled Impermanence.
Writing, Memory and History
Research in this area focuses on questions of adaptation for radio, screen and stage (the performance of witness and a subject’s relation to memory and history; Shakespeare's circulation, reception and citation in television and live broadcasts to cinemas); and critical practices for performance (the politics of spectatorship and creative-critical writing).