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Eleanor Chadwick

Research

Supervisor: Margaret Shewring.

My research explores the notion that the emergent language of theatre, and more generally of modern culture, has links to much earlier forms of storytelling and an ancient worldview, and raises questions as to how theatre practitioners might best understand and utilise early modes of entertainment and ideologies in the creation of performance work today. It examines the emergence and history of theatrical performance in Britain, with particular focus on how early medieval ideologies and theatrical forms were absorbed into the practices of the first professional theatres in the early modern age, using Shakespeare's work as a core example. Further, it uncovers and interrogates, through practice, links between performance practices today and the ritual roots of native theatrical tradition: links which we have largely lost in the UK but which still exist in certain other cultures. As a practitioner I am interested in psychosomatic and embodied approaches, tension and interplay between residual and emergent ideas (tradition vs innovation), the relationship between body and mind, and the role of narrative in human cognition.

 

Published Work

Review of 'Theatre and Cognitive Neuroscience' for the South African Theatre Journal. (Click here.)

Currently working on a chapter titled 'Fantasising history: anachronism and creative license in the popular television series Vikings and the re-emergence of an early language of storytelling' for a book on History Channel's series Vikings published by McFarland.

Teaching

TH115 - From Text to Performance (2015 and 2017)
(2015: Directorial Approaches, term 1. 2017: Theatre and Science, term 2.)

TH241 - Plays and Playing Places & Performances in Medieval and Elizabethan England (2014-15)


Professional and Academic Background

Currently a resident at Bristol Pervasive Media Studio working on developing Ergo Sum - an experimental piece of theatre exploring neurological and psychiatric conditions through immersive performance and new technology. See www.sleightofhandtheatre.co.uk 

Also producing new play Hashtag Lightie at The Arcola, and working on Jet Propulsion Theatre's new project, Dante the Cosmonaut.

Co-founder of Avalon International Academy (a company which runs language courses and cultural exchange programmes in the arts and sciences): www.avaloninternationalacademy.com

Artistic Director of Elysium Theatre Company. See www.elysiumtheatre.co.uk

Selected Professional Experience:

  • Pervasive Media Studio resident (current) (see www.watershed.co.uk/studio/residents/ellie-chadwick)
  • Director: Sleight of Hand (2014-present)
  • Artistic Director: Elysium Theatre Company (2005-present)
  • Trainee Director: StoneCrabs Theatre (2013-2014)
  • Assistant Director: Lazarus Theatre Company (2013)
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Iris Theatre (2013)
  • Co-Director: Another Way Theatre Company (2013)
  • Events Assistant: Cowper and Newton Museum (2012)


Qualifications:

  • MFA with Distinction (Exeter)
  • BA First Class Honours (Bristol)


Awards:

  • AHRC PhD Scholarship (current)
  • ArtUniverse grant (2016), awarded for subsistence during ArtsOasis residency, Monastero Santa Croce, Tuscany
  • IATL Pedagogic Interventions Funding (2016), awarded for Historically-Responsive Workshops project
  • IATL Pedagogic Interventions Funding (2015/2016), awarded for Ergo Sum Warwick event
  • Arts Council England - Grants for the Arts (2015, Sleight of Hand Theatre), awarded for Ergo Sum
  • Big Lottery Fund - Awards for All (2015, Sleight of Hand Theatre), awarded for Ergo Sum R&D
  • Unity Theatre Trust Grant (2015, Sleight of Hand Theatre), awarded for The Man Who
  • Arts Council England - Grants for the Arts (2014, Elysium Theatre), awarded for the Medieval May Festival project
  • Edwin Rudd Scholarship (2012, Exeter)
  • Heritage Lottery Fund - Young Roots Grant (2012, Elysium Theatre): awarded for "The Wars of the Roses Project"
  • Cymbeline Fund (2012, Exeter)
  • Tucker-Cruse Prize (2010, Bristol)