Theatre and Performance, Ecology and Heritage

The theme of our recent Performing Arts event: ‘Ecology and Heritage’ may not have been the most obvious topic for a workshop highlighting research in theatre and performance. However, representatives of the RSPB, Velocity, Northlight Heritage,  Environmental Arts Festival Scotland and Glasgow City Council all agreed with academics from the College of Arts that performance […]

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Exploring queer identities in contemporary culture through Performing Arts

As a researcher of contemporary performance in the College of Arts, I see theatre as a space where practice, theory and history come together to allow us think about our culture. On the one hand, this means exploring how theatre and performance reflects and reproduces certain values, and on other, examining how live moments on […]

Wild Life: Practice-led Research in Performing Arts

We will be reckless, tender, and rough. We will run, sweat, and rest. We will be quiet, loud, slow, fast, still, and always moving. We will carry, hold, and fling. We are asking what it is to be wild. We would like to know about it with our bodies – alone, together, and with what […]

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Celtic Connections: Playing & Learning at the opening concert

This month sees Glasgow’s renowned Celtic Connections festival take shape, with audiences and artists from both around the world and closer to home. This year’s opening concert is a celebration of the work of the late Martyn Bennett (1971-2005), one of Scotland’s great musical innovators, on the 10th anniversary of his early death from Hodgkin’s […]

Unmasking the Classics: A new perspective on Greek theatre

Imagine watching an ancient Greek play that hasn’t been seen for over 2,000 years. For the first time, a project in the College of Arts has recreated Greek theatre masks directly from ancient objects allowing us to understand the crucial role they played in ancient drama. After playing to an audience in Syracuse, the ancient […]

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Exchanging Affective Knowledge: Burning the Circle

Our walk begins at Brodick beach just as the sun sets and ends on a field at the foot of Goat Fell. We transition from the sea to the sky. The first thing we ask the spectators to do is to listen to the wind and the waves, to become aware of the sight of […]

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Walking Interconnections: Researching the Lived Experience of Disabled People for a Sustainable Society

Walking Interconnections is a collaborative research project that I have been engaged in over the past year, working with a team of researchers from the Universities of Bristol and the West of England – Dr. Sue Porter, Dr. Shawn Sobers and Dr. Suze Adams. Importantly, the project also involved 19 co-researchers drawn from across the […]

Performing Arts: Ruins to Opera

Performing Arts in the College of Arts is about music and movement, the old and the new. We write fresh, up-to-date translations of ancient plays for new audiences, and produce innovative works of art to be performed in public. We are inspired by ruins to question the passing of time through text and image, and […]

Engaging the Public with Performing Arts

The performing arts are inescapably social and public. The performing arts presume the presence of an audience – an exchange between performer and witness. Further, theatre-making is, generally, a collaborative process involving actors, directors, writers, technicians, designers, managers and many more working together in a shared enterprise. These attributes — sociability, an emphasis on communication […]

Putting on a good show: the College of Arts and Performing Arts

by Jennifer Hilder (PhD Intern) The College of Art’s strengths in Performing Arts lie particularly in the field of music and theatre. As Dr Adrienne Scullion, from the School of Culture and Creative Arts, explained, the College’s experts in music and theatre engage actively, and passionately, with the performing arts ‘locally, nationally, and internationally’. Original […]