performing impact

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our final report

We have now finished the final report of the project. We hope to be back in touch with partners soonish to see how we can advance our joint ideas further. … Continue reading

March 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

our first report to AHRC

We have now written our report to the AHRC and the draft is available here as a pdf file: Performing Impact discussion paper. We found that the blog helped enormously … Continue reading

November 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

evaluating artistic and social outcomes

We began our project knowing that much of the summative evaluation that was conducted on the impact of community theatre focused on social outcomes. We knew that artistic outcomes were … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

evaluation as accountability

As practising arts and humanities and social sciences researchers ourselves in the middle of writing up ‘Impact Case Studies’ for the forthcoming national Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), we … Continue reading

October 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

is enjoyment a criteria for evaluation?

One issue which came up unexpectedly but informatively at the Performing Impact workshop was that of “enjoyment”. Whilst discussing the ways in which the focus of evaluation might be directed … Continue reading

October 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

our first workshop

On the 27th and 28th September we will be hosting a two day workshop with our partners. We will be talking about their current evaluation practices and also working with … Continue reading

September 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

the university and its regional communities: our project in context

Part of why as a project team we were drawn to this scoping study in the first place is our joint interest in and commitment to exploring the positive role … Continue reading

September 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

how about authenticity and truth?

Leading on from thinking about representation, we’ve been discussing the issues around authenticity and truth in community theatre performances. When talking about how realistic a performance is, we might want … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

questions of representation

Closely related to the issue of recognition, which we have outlined on this blog, is the question of representation. Where recognition deals with the ways in which people may see … Continue reading

September 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

the performance and the ‘audience’

Building from the definition we offered of community theatre as “theatre made by, and intended for, members of a community”, there are questions to be raised about the dynamic between … Continue reading

September 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

is ‘recognition’ a useful idea for community theatre?

We have observed and documented the ways in which community members make decisions during conversations with community theatre practitioners about how much they should say about their lives, how much … Continue reading

September 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

archives, documents, artefacts and material

As new modes of documenting and archiving performance have been made available to us in the Web 2.0 era, a key discussion point for any project, production or, indeed, company, … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

thinking about impact on feelings and bodies

This post will explore ideas of affect and embodiment, and how they might relate to the kind of work undertaken by community theatre practitioners. To quickly introduce the terms: Affect: … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

community memory

Memory studies has been a potent strand of work in a number of academic disciplines ranging across the arts and social sciences of late. It is worth pausing to consider … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

is this a possible evaluation framing?

As we have been thinking about potential ways of reframing evaluation we have thought about some of our own research and things that we found of use. The Signature Pedagogies … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

site/space/place: where and when does community arts happen?

We find ourselves at a time when ‘site-specific theatre’ has rarely had greater currency. The ‘immersive’ theatre experiences of companies like Punchdrunk sell out runs within minutes of being advertised … Continue reading

August 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

can community theatre ‘empower’?

The idea of empowerment is often used in conjunction with community arts. This post is concerned with both the multiple meanings attached to the term ‘empowerment’, and with its actual … Continue reading

August 16, 2012 · 1 Comment

problems with current evaluation models

Most community arts practitioners that we know and have conducted research with are concerned by the kinds of evaluations that they are asked to do because: Evaluations are based on … Continue reading

August 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

what the research says about community arts and its impact

There is widespread agreement among researchers that community arts have a range of benefits (1-3). In this post we look at what the research says, and what some people now … Continue reading

August 9, 2012 · 1 Comment

what is ‘community theatre’?

We might define community theatre as theatre made by and intended for, members of a community. Of course the ways it is made, and the ways the community have input, … Continue reading

August 9, 2012 · 4 Comments

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