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Former PhD student Catherine Trenchfield publishes book on Kneehigh Theatre Company

Former PhD student Catherine Trenchfield publishes book on Kneehigh Theatre Company

  • Date29 July 2022

As a former PhD student at Royal Holloway, I am very excited to share my news of my upcoming publication The Global and Local Appeal of Kneehigh Theatre: Brand Kneehigh.


Asylum, Kneehigh's own performance venue

I successfully completed my doctorate, receiving my award in April 2021, exploring the work of Kneehigh, a contemporary Cornish theatre company who have gained national and international success. During my time with the university, the drama department have been supportive of my research and ambitions to adapt my thesis into a publishable book.

I was inspired to write it after following the company and their work over a number of years, and in light of setting up their own performance venue Asylum. The book discusses the nature of Kneehigh’s work and ambitions in branded terms, through the discussion of ‘Brand Kneehigh’. It also discusses the nature of spectatorship and archival research through the notion of an experiential archive. The ‘experiential archive’ is a label given to the research model of my work, which encompasses a range of elements used for performance analysis, with a specific slant towards a branded performance experience.

More details about this work can be found on the Cambridge Scholars Publishing website:

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