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TaPRA 2017
30 Aug - 1 Sep

Keynote Speakers and Conference Performance

Keynote Speakers

The keynote speaker for the conference will be confirmed closer to the event and the information will appear here.

David Bradby Lecture 2017

We are delighted that Professor Sally Mackey will be delivering the David Bradby Lecture at the TaPRA conference in Salford this year.

Professor Sally Mackey

Sally Mackey is a professor of applied theatre and performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Sally initially became widely known as co-author of Drama and Theatre Studies (1996, 2000) and editor/author of Practical Theatre (1997), which were core teaching texts. She founded 'applied theatre' at Central, including its research centre, and still researches predominantly in this field.

Having been awarded an AHRC grant of £130,000 in 2011 for a project titled Challenging concepts of 'liquid' place through performing practices in community contexts (Challenging Place), she is now leading a further AHRC funded project for follow-on impact and engagement, Performing Local Places (c. £100,000) and has been the co-investigator on 'Performing Abergavenny' (2013-2014), an AHRC funded research project for the Connected Communities theme.

All of this research is undertaken with participant groups as practice as research, interrogating how we 'perform' places and reconsider new, embedded or temporary locatedness. She is also currently co-editing a book series with Professor Deirdre Heddon, Performing Landscapes, which brings together thinking around ecology, performance and landscape figures.  

The David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance was awarded for her work as the Principal Investigator on the ‘Challenging Place’ project. Please see the links below for examples of the project in action:            

Challenging concepts of 'liquid' place through performing practices in community contexts

Performing Places

Challenging Place: half moon

Image: Oldham workshop, Challenging Place research project
(credit: Dayna Brannick)

Keynote Lecture        

Keynote speaker (not confirmed as yet - more info to follow)  

Conference Performance

Take Back Theatre

‘Take Back is about taking back our voice, by making a space, through grassroots theatre initiatives, to explore social issues.

Starting small conversations to ask big questions; engaging people through theatre to make a positive change.

Take Back uses script in hand performances as a springboard for debate with an audience

The Take Back Team are Julie Hesmondhalgh, Grant Archer and Rebekah Harrison.’

We are delighted to host Take Back Theatre in a specially commissioned Ten Takes performance.

Take Back have had a busy year responding to the political upheaval of 2016. Here they gather together work from their Ten Takes on Togetherness and most recent, Ten Takes on America.

The performance of Resistance will take place in the New Adelphi Theatre on the evening of Wednesday 30th August.

Along with the performance, Take Back will present their audio installation piece Under Canvas in a specially designated space within the New Adelphi building. The installation will be on display throughout the conference, from Wednesday 30th August to Friday 1st September.