One of a series of images created for Theatre Applications, a conference organised by Central School of Speech & Drama, held on the 21 - 23 April 2010
Research taking place within the Theatre Applied Centre extends contemporary enquiry and interrogates performance-based work that focuses on and around social practices.
Comprising an eclectic field of theatre practice, this privileges work where drama is used for, with and by people in a range of different settings, frequently outside theatres.
It is intended to activate shifts or changes in participants through performance-related practices in a range of community, health, social, therapeutic or education settings. Alternatively, work might emanate from theatre and be disseminated into social settings with impacts beyond its original context.
It has two particular intentions:
The centre captures current and emerging research undertaken by staff and research students at Central and 'houses' funded research projects. It is intended, also, as a resource for international and national scholars with a particular interest in this area of work.
Gender: what are the possibilities and problematics of inter-generational and inter-identity projects that focus on gender, sex and sexual orientation?
Trauma: what is the dramaturgy of trauma?
Place: how is place performed by, for example, those with translocated biographies?
Social Exclusion: what are the contradictions of neoliberalism in theatre and social exclusion?
Aesthetics and participatory practice: what are the intersections between ideas of aesthetic quality and experiential learning?