Challenging Concepts of 'Liquid' Place through Performing Practices in Community Contexts

Lead Research Organisation: Royal Central Sch of Speech and Drama
Department Name: Faculty

Abstract

Challenging concepts of 'liquid' place ...' (abbreviated to 'Challenging liquid place') brings together two research teams - Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, and Aberystwyth University - and three community arts project partner organisations: Half Moon Young People's Theatre, London; Oldham Theatre Workshop (OTW); Cyrff Ystwyth, Aberystwyth. Using recently devised performance practices with each organisation, the research asks to what extent contemporary theories of dislocation and transience are evidenced in particular 'real world' contexts, how performance practices can be used to consider relationships to place and how dislocation can be eased through such practices. The projects will stimulate theorisation together with 'best practice' models for further dissemination as material for facilitation in community arts organisations.

Traditionally, 'place' is associated with longevity, continuity, community, the normative and security - as well as boundaries, defence and exclusion. In contrast, contemporary existence is more frequently described as place-less, characterised by transience, wayfaring and deterritorialisation. This project makes use of current academic thinking about place, mobility, globalisation and cosmopolitanism while also raising questions about how we define and experience place and 'dislocation'. In real social contexts, there is wide variation and the situation is hugely complex: whilst deterritorialism has led to geographical dislocations, with all the concerns and problems that displacement can imply, other people may experience place very differently.

The research comprises three stages, each of a year's duration. First, three participatory performance-related research projects will be developed and refined. The research teams will work with project partner organisations (all of whom have established reputations in community drama) to create place-based projects that use models of performance practice previously derived within research environments. The community groups comprise newly located refugee families (with OTW), unemployed predominantly second generation translocated migrants (with Half Moon) and learning and physically disabled adults who do not have mobility of place (Cyrff Ystwyth). The choice of the three organisations offers a diversity of location, target community group and form of practice. While all the participating groups might be described as socially vulnerable, most importantly they have been selected as demonstrating different relationships to place.

In Year 2, a range of performance manifestations will take place. Forms of performance will include fully realised devised performance, a workshop series and short residencies. The researchers will provide guidance, 'training', oversight and evaluation as well as some hands-on facilitation. The focus is the participants' response to their sense of place and 'locatedness'. The projects will be documented through recorded interviews, questionnaires, film footage and observation notes. This will provide material to judge the effectiveness of the practical research, to prompt refinements of both the models of practice and current theory.

In Year 3, analysis and organisation of the outcomes of the research will take place. This includes re-forming the models of practice into material for use by other community arts organisations, the completion of three journal articles and a book proposal. The models of practice will be disseminated through an industry-related symposium held at Central with approximately 75 representatives from international and UK community-related organisations. The flexible models of practice will be presented through web-based documents that offer a series of performance-based activities with graphic representations, DVD clips and reflections on appropriate usage. This work will then be made available on dedicated website pages at Central.

Planned Impact

Users and beneficiaries of this research are: 1. participants in the project working with the research team and project partners 2. the project partners 3. additional community drama organisations, their own participants and partners such as local authority officers.

1. Community participants in the project will be the primary users. Through undertaking work with arts facilitators the intention is that participants will consider their relationship with their dwelling place. The new refugee families in Oldham face loss, mourning, deep unsettlement, discomfort and prejudiced local people. This project will look specifically at how the past might be reconciled with the present and how, once a place is performed, it could become an environment that is more familiar, comfortable and re-visioned. It is sensed by Half Moon staff that the young adults not in education, employment or training (NEET) who will take part in the Half Moon project perceive themselves as in a position of stagnation and uncertainty in an inner city environment. Many are expected to 'inhabit' dual places: the homeland of their elders together with contemporary, quotidian inner city London. This research project is expected to enhance the quality of life and creative output of these users with a particular emphasis on understanding place as a site of fusion. The members of Cyrff Ystwyth have lived and worked together for over twenty years in rural west Wales. As CI Ames says of them: 'They are overly located and defined in terms of community and disability' because their disabilities limit their ability to move away. But, she suggests, they are dislocated in other ways: from the centres of power, from art, from a normative aesthetic. One of the aims of the work with Cyrff Ystwyth will therefore be to open up responses to long-inhabited, embedded place through physical performance, whilst simultaneously enquiring into less obvious perceptions of dislocations.

2. Project Partners comprise the staff and artists of OTW, Half Moon and Cyrff Ystwyth. These partners will benefit from developing new performance practices for realisation in community contexts, from participating in discussions about theoretical interpretations of place and from the findings of the research in which their work will be strongly represented and used as 'best practice' for further organisations. It is anticipated that the evaluation of the impact of the research will be of particular use when planning further projects. (See Impact Plan for further details.)

3. With an increasing focus on understanding how we inhabit places 'successfully' (see Case for Support), this research could benefit many hundreds or even thousands in the long term. The dissemination of the research includes a symposium for around 75 community arts organisations where the results of the research will be presented. This will comprise, specifically, the launch of the webpages where the facilitation 'pack' will be placed; this will be the result of the remodelled practices from the three community projects. Central has excellent relationships with its industries. 80 undergraduate and postgraduate students a year undertake placements in community theatre settings and Central's outreach work has attracted Leverhulme Trust funding. Together with Aberystwyth University, we fully expect to disseminate this work very effectively to the current and future practitioners in community theatre settings.

Please see Impact Plan for further details.

Publications

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Ames M (2016) Capel: the lights are on. A conversation in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance

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Ames M (2013) 'It's a Ghost': The uncanny in rural Welsh identity in Studies in Theatre & Performance

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AMES M (2015) Dancing Place/Disability in Theatre Research International

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Mackey S (2016) Applied theatre and practice as research: polyphonic conversations in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance

 
Title Oldham Theatre Workshop - Intensive 
Description The last phase of work with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants at Oldham Theatre workshop culminated in an intensive 4 day workshop with the participants. The process was fully documented and interviews with participants conducted. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact In Greater Manchester, England, the project worked with the local authority and Oldham Theatre Workshop to address potential feelings of dislocation and enhance adaptations to local place. Drop-in migrants were invited to extend and 'perform' new approaches to local sites developing 'rooted' confidence during their transition period. 
URL http://www.performingplaces.org
 
Title Performance of 'Capel - The Lights are On' at Capel Bronant Chapel, Aberystwyth 
Description A year of workshops and rehearsals as part of the project with the Cyrff Ystwyth Dance Company culminated in performances at the Capel Bronant Chapel, near Aberystwyth 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Cyrff Ystwyth, Aberystwyth, is a disabled and non-disabled performance company. With some members being longstanding, this project enabled a reconsideration of their local heritage and rurality to produce a new site-responsive performance to place and environment. Here, performance was used to find and express a collective identity in a rural and marginalised context, overcoming and celebrating this. 
URL http://www.performingplaces.org
 
Title Performance of 'Place' at Half Moon Theatre 
Description The 10 weeks of workshops with young people in the senior youth theatre group at Half Moon as part of the research project culminated in two public performances 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Half Moon Theatre, London, is a professional and participatory organisation for young people. Here more 'senior' members of the youth theatre group took the 'everyday' to make 'extra-ordinary' performance art. Taking their daily routines as exploratory material, participants subverted and extended these, finding new resonances in place interaction. 
URL http://www.performingplaces.org
 
Title Workshops at Oldham Theatre Workshop with refugees and asylum seekers 
Description 8 months of first fortnightly and then weekly workshops with refugees and asylum seekers have taken place as stages in the PaR project at Oldham Theatre Workshop 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact In Greater Manchester, England, the project worked with the local authority and Oldham Theatre Workshop to address potential feelings of dislocation and enhance adaptations to local place. Drop-in migrants were invited to extend and 'perform' new approaches to local sites developing 'rooted' confidence during their transition period. 
URL http://www.performingplaces.org
 
Description Grant finished on 31 October 2014.

Challenging Place asked whether performance-related practices could ease or enhance personal feelings about local place. In an age of unwelcome rootedness as well as extensive movement and dislocation, it was found that such active engagement can make a difference to people's lives.

Place-related practice is a large and growing field with potential applications in applied theatre, environmental studies.

A new book series, Performing Landscapes, is being put together. This will be published by Palgrave Macmillan. With its unique focus on particular and singular sites, Performing Landscapes will develop in novel ways the debates concerning performance's multiple relations to environment, ecology and global concerns.
Exploitation Route The website (one output from the research project) can operate as a resource for a range of applied practices engaging with place. The exercises or activities are offered as a structured approach to working on a place-related project or as a set of practices which can be drawn on individually or in combination to address issues of place within the context of workshops, lessons or other similar contexts.

'About Performing Places' offers background through focusing on the theory which underpins the work and the people who have been part of this project. It also suggests navigation routes through the site as a whole and is therefore a good place to start explorations in using Place related work if one is considering site-responsive practices with communities.

'Place Practices' is the main section of the site, offering examples of work carried out with community groups in the three linked projects. The video clips here augment the description of workshops and exercises in the 'Outline of Place Practices' facilitation pack.

'Other Places' offers links to examples of additional work in this field. Each contributor has highlighted the place-related interventions made, providing inspiration to other practitioners.

The range of published outcomes and engagement activities have - and are expected to continue to - inspire discussions and debates.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Environment,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.performingplaces.org
 
Description Grant finished on 31 October 2014. Findings were used to: i) Encourage the forging of new friendships that surfaced new understandings of Oldham for both 'locals' and 'migrants'. Forging partnerships with local services, like the library and lifelong learning centre, was key to engaging these participants and the project sharings provoked transitional pathways between 'places' through culture. ii) Make the 'everyday' into 'extra-ordinary' performance art. Half Moon Theatre's senior youth theatre group took their daily routines as exploratory material and performed this to create and exaggerate a new environment according to contemporary humour and place interaction. This was shared in two production showings. iii) Cyrff Ystwyth, Aberystwyth: This project was led by Margaret Ames and Mike Pearson worked with this project. Participants in the project were members of Cyrff Ystwyth, some of them longstanding members who created responsive performances that surfaced textured identities in response to concepts of the 'rural' and 'local'. The Performing Places website has offered 'Place' exercises that were introduced and explained to an audience of more than 75 people during the Performing Places Symposium held on 9 October 2014 at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. The website is a comprehensive facilitation pack with exercises that are clearly illustrated with the help of video clips, lesson plans and annotated comments for external use. Practitioners who attended the Performing Places symposium found this website very useful and some have directed practitioner colleagues and students to this website. The Performing Places website, and its speakers, have been quoted in blogs towards A New Direction's work on Place (Judge 2014), and ongoing PhD Research for the Understanding Everyday Participation - Articulating Cultural Values (UEP) project' (Webber 2014a; Webber 2014b). Speakers at Performing Places have also: i) recommended the Performing Places website to postgraduate students, urban performance artists and early career researchers interested in architecture, urban planning and literature about 'the city'. ii) used exercises from Performing Places website in work with recovering substance abusers, to open up reflection, aid situational awareness in recovery and encourage mindfulness. iii) cited Performing Places website practices in peer-reviewed articles for Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (20th Anniversary issue in 2015 and a forthcoming article in April 2016). References: Judge, M. (2014) 'Place-making: Two key factors for the role of arts', A New Direction, https://www.anewdirection.org.uk/blog/place-making-two-key-factors-for-the-role-of-arts, 15.10.14 (accessed 1.2.16). Webber, R. (2014) a) Performing Places Symposium at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama - a Review, understanding everyday participation, http://www.everydayparticipation.org/performing-places-symposium-at-royal-central-school-of-speech-drama/, 09.11.14 (accessed 1.2.16). b) 'Mind-Mapping, or Introducing Whiteboard - my new best friend', Understanding Everyday Participation in Glasglow, http://uepinglasgow.tumblr.com/post/104944449065/mind-mapping-or-introducing-whiteboard-my-new, 11.12.14 (accessed 1.2.16).
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Environment,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Oldham Theatre Workshop Funding
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation First Choice Homes Oldham 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2013 
End 01/2014
 
Title Challenging Place Half Moon website 
Description This website, evidencing and articulating the particular part of the research project conducted at Half Moon Theatre, was submitted as an outcome for the REF (Research Excellence Framework) in October 2013 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact This website articulates and evidences a practice as research (PaR) enquiry led by Professor Sally Mackey at the Half Moon Young People's Theatre, Limehouse, London, UK, in 2012. It is designed for audiences with an interest in practical research into performing place with young people. This website will benefit, primarily: - Research Council / Institute; - Academic Institution It also serves as an archive of Place investigations undertaken by Half Moon Theatre (Charity / Non-Profit Sector). 
URL http://www.challengingplacehalfmoon.org
 
Title Challenging Place webpages 
Description webpages within research centre Theatre Applied http://www.theatreapplied.org/ about the project 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2011 
Impact Benefits Independent Research Organisation;Research (primary) and can be used by: - Council / Institute; - Academic Institution; - Local / Regional Government; - Charitable Organisation; - Professional Institutions; - General Public. 
URL http://www.challengingplace.org/
 
Title Our Town - Oldham Theatre Workshop social media soap opera 
Description Oldham Theatre Workshop are utilising their Our Town social media soap opera in relation to the research project. A 'storyline' was commissioned about how a refugee family move into 'Millwood' and emplace themselves. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Authored by James Atherton and Craig Harris from Oldham Theatre Workshop, this social media soap opera engages audiences to reconsider assumed knowledge of Oldham through the experiences of a refugee family. 
URL http://www.ourtownoldham.co.uk
 
Title Performing Places website 
Description This website is for arts practitioners devising work around 'place' with community groups. It uses three linked projects as examples of practice (Half Moon Theatre, Cyrff Ystwyth, Oldham Theatre Workshop). These were at the heart of a three year research project looking at how performance-related practices can affect people's responses to their locations. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact One of the participants from Goldsmiths has also directed BA Theatre and Performance students at Goldsmiths to the Performing Places website, as part of the module 'Questions of Community'. One of the speakers also introduced the Performing Places website as a resource for 'place' practices to a study group of postgraduate students at Kings College ('City Centric'). This site can operate as a resource for a range of applied practices engaging with place. The exercises or activities are offered as a structured approach to working on a place-related project or as a set of practices which can be drawn on individually or in combination to address issues of place within the context of workshops, lessons or other similar contexts. 'About Performing Places' offers background through focusing on the theory which underpins the work and the people who have been part of this project. It also suggests navigation routes through the site as a whole and is therefore a good place to start. 'Place Practices' is the main section of the site, offering examples of work carried out with community groups in the three linked projects. 'Other Places' offers links to examples of additional work in this field. 
URL http://www.performingplaces.org/
 
Description 'Pour/ous Place' presentation at research seminar at University of Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited to speak about the research project at staff/student seminar at the University of Manchester. The talk sparked discussions afterwards.

Students asked for further information on Challenging Place research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description 'Challenging Concepts of Liquid Place' talk as part of 'Porous Dramaturgy' network, University of Kent 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Invited to speak on 'Challenging concepts of 'liquid' place' at a symposium which was part of the AHRC-funded 'Porous Dramaturgy' network between Kent and Exeter Universities.

Colleagues asked for information about Challenging Place.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description 'Challenging Place' talk for Exchange for Change Symposium, Half Moon Theatre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Research assistant, Jo Scott, gave a presentation detailing the project so far as part of the Exchange for Change symposium at Half Moon Theatre, London

Participants requested further information on 'Place' practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description 'Challenging Places: Performance and Discomforts', talk at University of Cape Town 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A talk and seminar about the Challenging Place research project, delivered to staff, research and MA students at the University of Cape Town. This provoked interesting questions about 'place' in post-Apartheid South Africa.

Request for further information on (and interest in) place practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Challenging Place 'Live poster' at TaPRA conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation poster presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact • TaPRA conference: Sept, 2011, Sally Mackey gave a 'live poster' on the first Stage/Outcome of the two-day intensive for the grant. This focused on 'collaborative methodology: a resource for research' and articulated some of the opportunities available in a joint process of this nature and how the group endeavoured to share knowledges to move towards discussing the research methodology.

This poster provoked discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Challenging Place - Guest speaker at PLaCE, University of West of England 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A provocative discussion followed the presentation.

Further interest was displayed my Mackey being asked to assess potential for a PhD example, from one of the participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Challenging Place Half Moon website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This website articulates and evidences a practice as research (PaR) enquiry led by Professor Sally Mackey at the Half Moon Young People's Theatre, Limehouse, London, UK, in 2012. It is designed for audiences with an interest in practical research into performing place with young people.

This website will benefit, primarily:
- Research Council / Institute;
- Academic Institution

It also serves as an archive of Place investigations undertaken by Half Moon Theatre (Charity / Non-Profit Sector).


This website, evidencing and articulating the particular part of the research project conducted at Half Moon Theatre, was submitted as an outcome for the REF (Research Excellence Framework) in October 2013.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.challengingplacehalfmoon.org
 
Description Challenging Place webpages 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This webpage benefits Independent Research Organisations;Research (primary) and can be used by organisations under the following categories:
- Councils/ Institutes;
- Academic Institutions;
- Local / Regional Government;
- Charitable Organisations;
- Professional Institutions;
- General Public

Webpages within research centre Theatre Applied http://www.theatreapplied.org/ stimulated further interest in Place research within Central.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.challengingplace.org/
 
Description Conference Paper, 'Challenging "Liquid" Place through Urban Performance', University of Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Sally Mackey delivered a paper for the Performance, Place and Possibility symposium at the University of Leeds, where documentation of and reflection on two sections of the project were shared. Discussions of the work followed.
Three PhD students who saw the paper presentation have since asked for Mackey to be their PhD external examiner (accepted).


There was increased interest in Challenging Place and people asked for further information. The paper also prompted deeper understandings of Place and the discussion after indicated that people were particularly interested in the participants' responses to Place interventions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Conference paper 'It's a Ghost - The Uncanny and Rural Welsh Identity' at Performing Wales Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Margaret Ames gave a paper at The Association for Welsh Writing in English Annual Conference 2012 'Performing Wales' 30th March - 1st April, University of Wales, Gregynog Hall, Tregynon.

This presentation was made by Margaret Ames who received further requests indicating interest in Place research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Guest talks about project at Universities of British Columbia and Victoria, Canada 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact At the end of March, 2012, I was invited to give two guest lectures to staff and grad students at these universities. Staff and students have referenced the work and one Canadian student wanted to register for a PhD with me as a consequence.

Receiving further requests for information about Performing Places.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Invited speaker at 'Border Stories - From there to here'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited speaker at Border Stories - From there to here. How innovative research into personal experiences can help the EU address intra mobility and third country migration, London Higher Europe, Brussels, Belgium, February.

This event brought together policy, research and practice in migration studies with a particular focus on understanding the social context of migration and migrants, at home, on their journey and in their new countries.

The agenda set out for the session was:
How can academic research help policy makers frame the best policies to manage the emerging reality of internal and external migration across the EU? This event brings together policy, research and practice in migration studies with a particular focus on understanding the social context of migration and migrants, both at home and in their new countries, as it pertains to young people and the non-migrants who now find themselves at the very heart of the immigration debate. It poses the question: how can we use what we have learned from past and current migrations to craft effective but fair social policy to better manage the current process of migration and ease integration for both the migrant population and their host countries?

I was an invited speaker.

Fellow speakers on the panels were:
Professor Ravinder Barn, Centre for Criminology and Sociology, Royal Holloway, University of London
Professor Ann Phoenix, Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education, University of London
Thomas Huddleston, Programme Director Migration and Integration, Migration Policy Group
Professor Nira Yuval-Davis, Director, the Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, University of East London
Professor Sally Mackey, Chair of Applied Theatre and Performance, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, Principal Administrator, Commission, DG Research, European Commission
Second panel chaired by Ana Feder, Policy Advisor, Migration & Integration, EUROCITIES

The event provoked a range of discussion about the impact of research on practices and policies on migration and how Horizon 2020 might be influenced by current research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.londonhigher.eu/site/agenda/border-stories-from-there-to-here-how-innovative-research-int...
 
Description Keynote 'The Arts Faring Well' at STEP conference 2013, Canada Water Culture Space 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to deliver the keynote about the current position of the arts industry at the Southwark Theatres' Education Partnerships Conference in Canada Water Culture Space, London. Aspects of the research project were referenced as good examples of how an HEI and industry partners can work together.

A more confident approach to current challenges in arts education contexts was expressed by many participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Our Town - Oldham Theatre Workshop social media soap opera 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Oldham Theatre Workshop utilised their Our Town social media soap opera in relation to the research project. A 'storyline' was commissioned about how a refugee family move into the 'Millwood' (a fictionalised Oldham) and emplaced themselves, facing resentment as well as welcomes from the local community.

Authored by James Atherton and Craig Harris from Oldham Theatre Workshop, this social media soap opera engages audiences to reconsider assumed knowledge of Oldham through the experiences of a refugee family. This soap opera changed participants' views of Oldham and engaged participants in the lives of the characters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.ourtownoldham.co.uk
 
Description Paper for Psi conference, 'Two Aberystwyths', University of Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A paper reflecting on the project work done in Aberystwyth as part of a panel with Gerry Harris and Roberta Mock entitled: 'Dis-connected communities? Relational performances and cultural inarticulations', PSi conference, University of Leeds.

People asked for more information on 'Place' research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Performing Places symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Performing Places website (www.performingplaces.org) was launched on 9 October 2014 at the Performing Places Symposium to an audience of more than 75 arts practitioners. It offers a resource for work with performance, people and place and will be the basis for on-going research in the field and partnership development at 'home' and internationally.


Participants tweeted about the symposium with the hashtag #performingplaces and responded to keynote and research group Place presentations with blogs that demonstrated their deeper engagement with (and reflection upon) 'place'. One of the participants from Goldsmiths immediately directed BA Theatre and Performance students at Goldsmiths to the Performing Places website, as part of the module 'Questions of Community'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://performingplaces.org
 
Description Performing Places website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This website, Performing Places, operates as a resource for a range of applied practices engaging with place. The exercises or activities are offered as a structured approach to working on a place-related project or as a set of practices which can be drawn on individually or in combination to address issues of place within the context of workshops, lessons or other similar contexts.

'About Performing Places' (a page within the website) offers background through focusing on the theory which underpins the work and the people who have been part of this project. It also suggests navigation routes through the site as a whole and is therefore a good place to start.

'Place Practices' is the main section of the site, offering examples of work carried out with community groups in the three linked projects.

'Other Places' offers links to examples of additional work in this field.

This website is for arts practitioners devising work around 'place' with community groups. It uses three linked projects as examples of practice (Half Moon Theatre, Cyrff Ystwyth, Oldham Theatre Workshop). These were at the heart of a three year research project looking at how performance-related practices can affect people's responses to their locations.

One of the participants from Goldsmiths has also directed BA Theatre and Performance students at Goldsmiths to the Performing Places websit
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.performingplaces.org/
 
Description Presentation at Theatre Applied Research Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Researcher' was a paper reflecting on the meaning of 'co-' in 'co-researcher' and the nature of collaboration within such a relationship. This was shared with colleagues at the Theatre Applied Centre for Research in Performance and Social Practice at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London in January.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015