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Drama, Theatre and Performance Research Group
The research group represents the diverse interests of Drama, Theatre and Performance academics at the university but can broadly be arranged into four key thematic priorities:
Participation and Social Engagement
Emergent practices/processes in contemporary drama, theatre and performance
These central themes are underpinned by research related activities that address:
Artistic Practice: Developing ways that the university can interact and intersect with professional industry to enhance the student experience and contribute to the cultural ecology of South-East London.
Community/socially engaged Practice: Developing methodologies to inform arts-based practice, which can be used to further local community engagement with the university and its theatre.
Academic Practice: Develop agendas to facilitate collaborative practice, which contributes new knowledge and broader understanding of the field.
Drama, Theatre and Performance Research Group News
Professor Mark O’Thomas translates Tiago Rodrigues’ Sadness and Joy in the Life of Giraffes for the Orange Tree Theatre - https://www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/sadness-and-joy-in-the-life-of-giraffes/about
Professor Mark O’Thomas contributed to a panel event in association with the Royal Society of Arts on Liberalism and Post-humanism - https://www.thersa.org/fellowship/fellowship-news/fellowship-news/explore-liberalism-and-posthumanism-at-the-university-of-greenwich
Dr Nicholas Holden recently co-organised the 7th International Playwriting Symposium held in collaboration with Dr Jacqueline Bolton at the University of Lincoln.
ZU-UK (Jorge Lopes Ramos, Persis Jadé Maravala & Joseph Dunne-Howrie) have collaborated with Bart Simon of TAG Montréal (The Technoculture, Art & Games Research Centre at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture & Technology, Concordia University, Canada) to publish a Post-Immersive Manifesto calling for a new approach to participatory performance: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14794713.2020.1766282?journalCode=rpdm20
A virtual dialogue - via email and audio recordings - with Jorge Lopes Ramos & Persis Jadé Maravala, directors of ZU-UK, about training for interactive performance, has been edited as an interview by the University of Greenwich's James McLaughlin: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19443927.2019.1625626?journalCode=rtdp20
ZU-UK (Jorge Lopes Ramos, Persis Jadé Maravala & Joseph Dunne-Howrie) have published a reflection on their recent interactive VR performance, Good Night, Sleep Tight, which combined VR and binaural technologies to create an imaginary world shared by artists and audiences: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14794713.2018.1505385?journalCode=rpdm20
Following their internationally appraised overnight participatory performance, Hotel Medea, Jorge Lopes Ramos & Persis Jadé Maravala, directors of ZU-UK, published a chapter in Reframing Immersive Theatre (ed. James Frieze) outlining the dramaturgy of participation they developed in the process of making the piece: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057%2F978-1-137-36604-7_12
Our group members have specific expertise in:
Contemporary British Theatre Post-Human Performance Comedy and Society
Interactive Practices Theatre for Young Audiences Community Practices
Bodies in Space and Time Translation Studies
Recently Published Research
Pamela Zigomo, Erica Rolle, Tatiana Ellis, David Hockham research article:
Becoming civic centred – A case study of the University of Greenwich’s Bathway Theatre based in Woolwich : https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14682761.2020.1807211
Dr Simon Bowes has recently had two publications in leading Performance Studies Journal Performance Research: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13528165.2019.1641320 and https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13528165.2019.1686583
Dr Harry Derbyshire has recently collaborated with Dr Loveday Hobson for a chapter on Human Rights as part of a brand new collection of essays that assess the work of acclaimed playwright debbie tucker green: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-34581-5_5
Professor Mark O’Thomas and Professor Elaine Aston explore the vital work of the Royal Court’s International Department in Royal Court: International: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9780230319486
O’Thomas also analyses theatrical responses to the financial crisis in his chapter for Twenty-First Century Drama: What Happens Now? - https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057/978-1-137-48403-1 and reimagines translation in a post-human world for his latest article for the International Journal for Translation Studies: https://www.jbe-platform.com/content/journals/10.1075/target.29.2.05oth
Dr Nicholas Holden has recently published a chapter for a new collection of essays that revisits the so-called in-yer-face era of British playwriting. In the chapter, Holden revisits the work of the Royal Court Young Peoples’ Theatre to highlight their contribution to an important time in British theatre history: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030394264
Holden has also written the introduction to a brand new student edition of James Graham’s critically acclaimed play This House, which will be published in February 2021: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/this-house-9781350155534/
Dr James McLaughlin is the editor of the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training blog and regularly posts contributions to this valuable scholarly resource: http://theatredanceperformancetraining.org