Performing Places Symposium with RCSSD

For the last three years we have been 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.

Are you an industry professional interested in ‘place’? Join us at a symposium event at Central in October!
Find details of Half Moon’s involvement in the research project here.


Performing Places Symposium

– a symposium for arts industry professionals about the importance of working with communities on matters of place.

When: Thursday 9th October, 2014, 9.00am – 2.15pm
Where: New Studio, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama,
University of London, Swiss Cottage, London, NW3 3HY

Why is place important?
How do we use performance with communities on matters of place?
How might performances invoke ‘place’, easing feelings of dislocation or prompting new ways of attending to sites?

These questions underpin the morning’s symposium which will include the launch of the ‘Performing Places’ website (offering a form of facilitation pack), hearing of interesting practice and gathering together sources for this important work in the arts industry.


Programme Overview
9.00am Arrival, registration, coffee
9.25am Welcomes and introductions
9.35am Keynote Speaker: Ade Kearns
‘Place attachment, community cohesion and mental wellbeing’
10.15am Performing Places – Sally Mackey and project team
11.05am Coffee followed by a sharing of practical interventions (guest speakers)
12.15pm Conversations about performing places
1.00pm Lunch
1.45 – 2.15pm Final information gathering and ending.

This symposium is free but booking is essential.
To confirm your participation in this conversation, please book a place 

Lunch will be provided.

For more information about the Performing Places symposium, please email Adelina Ong at

Please note: Industry ‘hosts’:
A few of you host Central’s BA DATE students in the autumn term. The morning symposium on Performing Places is followed by the annual hosts’ afternoon – to make this convenient for those hosting in 2014.


Background information
The symposium is one of the outcomes of a three-year AHRC funded research project on ‘Challenging concepts of “liquid” place through performance practices in community contexts’ with RCSSD, Aberystwyth University, and arts organisation partners including Cyrff Ystwyth (Aberystwyth), Half Moon (London) and Oldham Theatre Workshop.


Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Theatre Applied: Centre for Research in Performance & Social Practice

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
This work is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Each year the AHRC provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities. Only applicants of the highest quality are funded and the range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.

Cyrff Ystwyth at Aberystwyth University

Half Moon

Oldham Theatre Workshop

Aberystwyth University are AHRC funded Co-Investigators and in-kind support has been given by Half Moon Young People’s Theatre and Oldham Theatre Workshop.

Sally Mackey, Professor in Applied Theatre and Performance, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.

Margaret Ames, Senior Lecturer, Aberystwyth University.

Mike Pearson, Professor of Performance Studies, Aberystwyth University.