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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