performing impact

work in progress

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

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 · 2 Comments

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 · 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 · 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

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 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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