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Warwick alumnus and BBC radio presenter Abbie McCarthy featured in The Independent


Warwick alumnus and BBC radio presenter Abbie McCarthy chooses her top music picks for this week in The Independent:

Thu 27 April 2017, 16:04 | Tags: alumni, press

Prof. Nadine Holdsworth guest edits a special issue of Contemporary Theatre Review on amateur theatre and performance


Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol. 27, No. 1 2017, a special issue titled 'Theatre, Performance and The Amateur Turn' guest edited by Nadine Holdsworth, Jane Milling and Helen Nicholson is now available on Taylor & Francis Online:

This special issue on amateur theatre and performance is accompanied by a set of online features, free to access, at, that give further insight into research methods on this subject. These include a collection of images and accompanying stories that came out of ‘Evocative Objects’ workshops held with amateur theatre-makers throughout the UK; a conversation between Nadine Holdsworth and eighty-one-year-old Arthur Aldrich, who has worked across professional and amateur contexts; an annotated slide show documenting amateur theatre in the Royal Navy compiled by Sarah Penny and Nadine Holdsworth; and Molly Flynn’s reflections on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages Initiative.


Theatre, Performance and The Amateur Turn

Nadine Holdsworth, Jane Milling, and Helen Nicholson
pages: 4-17


The Sociable Aesthetics of Amateur Theatre

Erin Walcon and Helen Nicholson

pages: 18-33

Noh Creativity? The Role of Amateurs in Japanese Noh Theatre

Diego Pellecchia

pages: 34-45

‘The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music’: Musical Theatre at Girls’ Jewish Summer Camps in Maine, USA

Stacy Wolf

pages: 46-60

Amateur Science in Activist Performance: Towards a Slow Science

Simon Parry

pages: 61-75

‘Village Hall work can never be “Theatre”’: Amateur Theatre and The Arts Council of Great Britain, 1945-1956

Taryn Storey

pages: 76-91

Performing Failure? Anomalous Amateurs in Jérôme Bel’s Disabled Theater and The Show Must Go On 2015

Sarah Gorman

pages: 92-103


Materialities of Amateur Theatre

curated by Cara Gray and Sarah Penny
pages: 104-123


Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field by Sarah Bay-Cheng, Jennifer Parker-Starbuck, and David Saltz

Acatia Finbow

Queer Performance and Contemporary Ireland: Dissent and Disorientation

by Fintan Walsh

Alyson Campbell

Its All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells ed. by Deirdre Heddon and Dominic Johnson

Antje Hildebrandt


Voices from Within: Grotowskis Polish Collaborators ed. by Paul Allain and

Grzegorz Ziółkowski, trans. by Justyna Drobnik-Rogers, Duncan Jamieson,

and Adela Karsznia

Acting with Grotowski: Theatre as a Field for Experiencing Life by Zbigniew

Cynkutis, ed. by Paul Allain and Khalid Tyabji, trans. by Khalid Tyabji

Halina Filipowicz

Applied Theatre: International Case Studies and Challenges for Practice

(Second edition) edited. by Monica Prendergast and Juliana Saxton;

Critical Perspectives on Applied Theory edited by Jenny Hughes and

Helen Nicholson

Maggie Inchley 

Performing Contemporary Indonesia: Celebrating Identity, Constructing

Community ed. by Barbara Hatley

Matthew Isaac Cohen

The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology: Through the Virtual,

Towards the Real ed. by Matthew Causey, Emma Meehan, and

Néill O’Dwyer

Rosie Klich


The Editing of Emma Rice

Tom Cornford


Crisis Management in the Theatre of Shon Dale-Jones

Maddy Costa


Europe: A Tragedy of Love and Ideology

Andrew Haydon


Archiving Gestures of Disobedience

Farah Saleh


Remembering Annie Castledine (1939-2016)

Annabel Arden


Mighty Annie

Gerlind Reinshagen


Thu 20 April 2017, 10:12 | Tags: staff, publications, Prof. Nadine Holdsworth, Research, impact

'Sky Blues City: Imagining a Sustainable Cultural Future for Coventry' one-day event at Warwick Arts Centre, 26 April


Sky Blues City: Imagining a Sustainable Cultural Future for Coventry

26th April, 2017. The Helen Martin Studio, University of Warwick

A one-day event aimed at exploring new collaborative research opportunities arising from the UK City of Culture bid and the Ten Year Cultural Strategy.

To find out more about the event, and to register for a place, CLICK HERE.

Convenor and facilitator:

Dr Nicolas Whybrow, Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick


09.30 Vice Chancellor’s Welcome

Professor Stuart Croft, University of Warwick

Professor John Latham, Coventry University

09.40 Coventry UK City of Culture bid & 10-year cultural strategy

Professor Jonothan Neelands, Warwick Business School and Warwick Creative Exchange, University of Warwick

Professor Neil Forbes, Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University

10.00 Panel Presentations: Sensing the City: a practice-based case-study of Coventry

Dr Natalie Garrett Brown and Dr Emma Meehan, Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), Coventry University

Dr Michael Pigott, Film and TV Studies, University of Warwick

Carolyn Deby, artist director sirenscrossing and PhD student, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick

11.00 Refreshment break

11.15 Panel Presentations: Diversity in Coventry

The legacy of the city of culture – community relations – the role of arts and culture in community development

Sinead Ouillon, Programme Leader, The City University Initiative, Coventry University and

Dr Chris Shannahan, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Siberia and Us: Polish exilic memory and second generation artistic strategies

Adrian Palka, School of Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University

Does an ecosystem approach help to understand and reflect the diversity and values of the creative and cultural sector?

Victoria Barker, PhD student, Centre for Business in Society, Coventry University

12.15 Plenary

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Keynote: Research Opportunities in the UK City of Culture 2017 and Beyond

Professor Franco Bianchini, Culture, Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull

14.15 Panel Presentations: Social value and impact

Live Art. Collision. Hyperlocal. Supernow: Birmingham’s Fierce Festival

Dr Cath Lambert, Sociology, University of Warwick

Working with communities - deepening the engagement or extending the procession?

Justine Themen, Associate Director, Belgrade Theatre

Urban Cultural Intermediaries: the 'Students and the City' project

Dr Jonathan Vickery, Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick

15.15 Panel Presentations: Urban engagements

Vehicles of Communication: The Cart and other rolling conversations

Janet Vaughan, artist, Talking Birds and Rachel Dickinson, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

Bringing back the Sensorama: multi-sensory virtual reality

Dr Sarah Jones, School of Media and Performing Arts, Coventry University

Breakfast Elsewhere Project, Coventry

Carmen Wong, PhD student, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick

16.00 Informal Conversations: Next steps and calls to action over afternoon tea

16.45 Finish

Wed 29 March 2017, 15:22 | Tags: staff, Research, impact

Dr. Yvette Hutchison and Dr. Tim White collaborate with JC Niala for 'Who You Think We Are' at Tate Modern, 14 March


Yvette Hutchison and Tim White were selected to work with Kenyan artist, JC Niala for the Tate Exchange for their Who Are We? free 6-day cross-platform event that has been specifically designed for Tate Exchange reflecting on identity, belonging in Europe and the UK, migration and citizenship through arts and audience participation. For the full programme, see

Their performance conversation, Who Do You Think We Are, runs on Tuesday 12.00-15.30 in the Southwark,Room, 5th Floor, Tate Modern for about 30-45 minutes. It aims to engage and disrupt audience member’s internal assumptions about how we attribute identities to people without having met them. We invite audiences to engage with unknown subjects who share images, stories and gestural repertoires to playfully deconstruct the first assumptions we make about people, while considering the deeper paradoxes of cross-cultural living, and how we create, perform and negotiate personal and collective identity and a sense of belonging.


Wed 08 March 2017, 13:55 | Tags: staff, impact

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