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We were involved in a research project, Challenging Place (2011-2014), led by Professor Sally Mackey from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London and Professor Mike Pearson and Margaret Ames from Aberystwyth University. The project culminated in a Symposium event in October 2014. Check out a response to that event here. Professor Mackey has since been awarded the TaPRA David Bradby prize for Research in International Theatre and Performance.
Half Moon was one of three partners alongside Oldham Theatre Workshop and Cyrff Ystwyth Dance Company, Aberystwyth.
The research, challenging concepts of ‘liquid’ place through performance practices in community contexts, used a range of drama and performance activities with each organisation to explore participatory practices with young people and local communities.
Findings and practices have been collated into a ‘facilitation’ website for other community arts organisations to use: www.performingplaces.org
As part of this research, in the Summer of 2012, our Lunar Youth Theatre took part in an exciting performance project which explored the abstract concept of ‘place’ through drama and performance activities culminating in a final performance. Find out more on our Stages of Half Moon archive website.
Watch the video below to find out what happened: