Dr Rachel King is the lead UK researcher on the international, multi-sited ethnographic research study led by Professor Kathleen Gallagher, OISE, University of Toronto 'Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary: An intercultural investigation of drama pedagogy, performance and civic engagement' which is a 5 year multi-sited ethnographic research study that is investigating what ‘hope’, ‘care’ and ‘civic engagement’ means within the context of drama classrooms and youth theatres in Canada, India, Taiwan, Greece and the UK. Rachel has conducted two years of practice-based research in Warwickshire and Coventry.
Gallagher's study aims to question the ways growing inequality, economic polarisation, and social dislocation are threatening strong pedagogical models of learning and youth citizenship. The lives, and life prospects, of young people have been destabilized by global economic and political uncertainty. Social and educational policies, as well as popular cultural representations of youth, are often sorely lacking youth perspectives and understandings. In response to this, each researcher aims to capture young people's lived experiences of 'hope', 'care' and 'civic engagement'.
In March 2016, Rachel was awarded funding from the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) to conduct the second phase of the research project.
Earlier in 2016, through her partnership with The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, Rachel began a project with The Belgrade's Canley Youth Theatre entitled 'Unlocking living stories of hope, care and civic engagement in Campus, Canley and Coventry'. The project aimed to bring together youth theatre participants (aged between 10-16) and Warwick postgraduate students to create an oral history performance based on their 'past', 'present' and 'future' stories. The group performed their piece, 'The Museum of Living Memories' at Warwick in June 2016.
The following short film provides an insight into this partnership:
Read other staff and student profiles:
Jonathan Vickery, Students and the city
Elena Sandu, Coventry–UK City of Culture 2021 + spring photos
Dave Musson, Coventry's music scene
Tony Howard, The story behind Ira Aldridge
Richard Harrison, Culture I can get stuck into
Carolyn Deby, urbanflows: immersed in worlds
Tarla Patel, Masterji and me
Emma Parfitt, Storytelling for Health project
Martin Price, FabLab and hands-on skills building
Rachel King Hope, Care and Civic Engagement