Next London Theatre Seminar – 12 January 2017: Researching Amateur Theatre

Please join us for our first London Theatre Seminar of 2017 on Thursday, 12 January in the University of London Senate House (Room 104 Torrington Room). This seminar will feature a panel on Research Amateur Theatre with Helen Nicholson (RHUL), Nadine Holdsworth (Warwick) and Jane Milling (Exeter). It starts at 6.30 PM and will close at 8.30, to reconvene in a local pub. 

We hope to see you there!

Broderick, Louise, & Bryce

Researching amateur theatre

This seminar will reflect on research from two AHRC funded projects on amateur theatre. Amateur theatre has an active place in the social and cultural life of many communities, despite receiving little intervention from funding councils, charities, local authorities and professional theatre or attention from academics. In this seminar, we will focus on three strands of our research: the repertoires of amateur theatre; amateur theatre, work and labour; and the invented traditions that underpin amateur theatre. Taken together, these three aspects of amateur theatre illuminate the contribution it makes to the ecology of cultural life in England, and asks further questions about what (or who) is marginalised or excluded from official histories and how amateurism is responding to twenty-first century life.

Nadine Holdsworth is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick. She has research interests in theatre and national identities, popular theatre practitioners and amateur creativity and cultural participation.

Jane Milling is Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Exeter. Her research interests centre on everyday participation, amateur creativity and popular and political theatre in past and contemporary Britain.

Helen Nicholson is Professor of Theatre and Performance at Royal Holloway, University of London where she specialises in theatre in community settings. Helen is Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded research project, Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Space. Grant Ref: AH/K001922/1, with Jane and Nadine as CoIs.

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