Creating Impact: Theatres & Universities. A one-day conference for playwrights, academics and theatre practitioners.

Event date: 
Tuesday 20 June
Chrystal Macmillan Building

Creating Impact: Theatres & Universities. A one-day conference for playwrights, academics and theatre practitioners.

Tuesday 20 June 2017, 10am - 5pm

Chrystal Macmillan Building

15a George Square

Edinburgh, EH8 9LD


Partnerships between theatres and universities have become exciting opportunities for exploration and collaboration. This one-day event will bring playwrights, theatre practitioners and academics together to discuss and explore different models of collaboration, the opportunities and challenges that they present, and the funding sources available.


Speakers include:


•Professor Greg Walker, who co-led the AHRC-funded project ‘Staging and Representing the Scottish Court’, which staged the first full-length professional production of Sir David Lindsay’s The Three Estates since 1554, on the Peel at Linlithgow. There were also performances in the Great Halls in Linlithgow Palace and Stirling Castle of the ‘lost’ first version of the play, first performed at Linlithgow in 1540.


•Nicola McCartney, whose work as a practitioner of Applied Theatre has benefited both theatre professionals and vulnerable groups internationally. Nicola will be speaking about her work with Rachel’s House, a prisoner re-entry programme in Ohio; her work in Russia and Ukraine, and with Frantic Assembly (London).


•Professor Charlotte Clarke, who led research on dementia care that was used to develop the play Jack and Jill and the Red Postbox, in partnership with Skimstone Arts. This NHS-funded play was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and tours the UK.


•Dr Marisa de Andrade, Lecturer in the School of Health in Social Science, and Gavin Crichton, Director of ACTive INquiry. Marisa and Gavin collaborated on the project Come on in!, which uses Theatre of the Oppressed to explore minority ethnic groups’ perceptions of health. The performances have been staged for audiences of NHS practitioners, policy makers, community members, and third-sector organizations.


•Professor Laura Bradley, who commissioned an AHRC-funded play Ensemble from Peter Arnott about her research on East German theatre censorship. The drafts of the play were performed in rehearsed readings in Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews, and the film maker Susan Kemp made the documentary film Writing Ensemble, filmed on location in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Berlin and Dresden.


•Dr Anne Sofie Laegran, Knowledge Exchange Manager at the University of Edinburgh.


The event will conclude with a special screening of the documentary film Writing Ensemble, a post-screening discussion with Peter Arnott and Susan Kemp, and a wine reception.


Registration is free of charge and lunch will be provided.


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