Research in applied and participatory theatre investigates theatre-making in different social and community and institutional settings and analyses performance in public spaces. Research in this aspect of theatre and performance studies stresses the importance of theoretically informed practice, and invokes critical and creative reflection on issues connected to social and artistic participation, including citizenship, community, identity, belonging, space and place.
We are interested in the cultural politics of socially engaged performance, and in the aesthetic, artistic, therapeutic and social values of applied theatre. The ‘social turn’ in performance studies invites a reconsideration of the ways in which public space is theatricalised, and how communities are constructed and performed in protest movements, on the street, in voluntary and amateur organisations as well as in professional theatre. Our research brings together local, national and international perspectives, and is inter-disciplinary in focus.