performing impact

work in progress

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 · 1 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

what is the performing impact project about?

Our project is looking at what counts as the impact of community theatre and how it might be documented. We began our project with some assumptions – these came from … Continue reading

August 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

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