… is studying for a PhD at Royal Holloway, supervised by Professor Helen Nicholson. Siobhan’s practice-based research lies at the interface between oral history and participatory arts practice, exploring approaches to public collaboration in the interpretative processes of history making. Concerned with the connection between authority and authorship, it examines the relationship between shared authority in oral history and co-creation in applied performance practice. This central theme broadens to consider the joint ambitions of both disciplines to articulate connections between place, community and belonging, and the use of polyvocality and metaphor in the representation of diverse lived experiences. Siobhan has over 20 years experience working as an artist, producer and facilitator in theatre, dance and applied performance, and have been commissioned by many arts organisations including the National Theatre Education, Clean Break Theatre, The Royal Opera House and Creative Partnerships.