We are currently contributing to research conversations in the following areas, many of which intersect with conversations and activities in other research groups in the department:
West End and Commercial Theatre This research group has a particularly strong interest in the past and current relationship between subsidised and commercial theatre. The collaboration with the Theatre Royal Haymarket and the work on a performance calendar for the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith focus on the relationship between the strong historical presence of theatre and how an understanding of their past can influence an understanding of the present and shape the plans for the future of theatres operating in two quite different social and cultural contexts.
The Performing Child Current conversations include networking events with British and international scholars on the place of the professional performing child in theatre and other live performance contexts.
The History of Time. Do prevailing discourses in our discipline and focus more upon the spatiality of theatre than upon its temporalities? If theatre is a mode of constructing time, how did Theatre function prior to the emergence of clock time and of digital time?
Private Theatricals Research conversations in this area bring together the historical and the contemporary, spanning the private theatricals of grand houses in the 18th century to the amateur dramatics of contemporary local companies and voluntary organisations. This conversation has implications for both the museum and heritage industries and contemporary cultural policy. (see also Applied and Social Theatre)