I am interested in the relationships between audiences and performance, and in the contexts in which contemporary and historical drama is produced. I work closely with a research group called The British Theatre Consortium, which is a co-operative of academics and scriptwriters from four Universities. Our aim is to act as a forum for national debate about the nature and role of contemporary drama, and we hold open conferences and debates, and conduct and publish research. We are currently working with audiences of the Library Theatre Company in Manchester, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Old Vic Theatre in London and the Drum Theatre in Plymouth to discover how audiences value the experience of watching a play. We use methods including questionnaires, websites and creative workshops.
You will find an example of our work with the Library Theatre if you go to www.spiritoftheatre.org, where you can add your own responses about this local company's work. Click here for more information.
To find out more about The British Theatre Consortium go to www.britishtheatreconference.co.uk