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Impact case studies: Drama

ImpacFind out how research from the Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance is making an impact on the world.

Reconstructing lost dances


Professors Richard Cave and Elizabeth Shafer worked with the Royal Ballet School to reconstruct dances that were otherwise lost, because the choreographers had taught the movement but not kept any record of it. This work helped lead to the revival of the ballet Miracle in the Gorbals, which was performed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, in London, in 2014.

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Helping people with dementia


Professor Helen Nicholson has researched how arts projects can help people suffering from dementia. Her work has led to artists working with care staff in South London and Maudsley NHS Trust to hold creative group and one-to-one sessions with dementia sufferers, trying to combat the feelings of isolation and loneliness among sufferers and improve their ability to communicate.

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Revival of Terence Rattigan


Professor Dan Rebellato’s research into the British dramatist Terence Rattigan has been a significant factor in the revival of Rattigan’s reputation as a serious playwright, impacting on a wave of high-profile productions from 1998 to 2013. 

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