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Project ImageTOP STORY: Website Launched exploring climate crisis with young people in the UK and Uganda

Breathe in –
With one breath, what concerns you most about the climate crisis?
Breathe out

Breathe in –
With one breath, who needs to change?
Breathe out

Breathe in –
With one breath, what can you do?
Breathe out

The air that we breathe connects us - with each breath we take, we inhale oxygen that sustains us and pollutants that endanger us. The products we consume, the ways we travel, the forests we decimate – our local actions have global implications.

Dr Bobby Smith has collaborated with young people, Highly Sprung Performance Company (UK), Rafiki Theatre (Uganda) and the visual artists Becky Warnock and Ashley James Brown to explore the local and global challenges of the climate crisis.

The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council's 'Engaging Young People with Climate Research' funding stream. It resulted in an experimental, online artwork titled With One Breath. The website brings together physical performance, photography and visual arts as well as creative writing to offer provocations for action on the climate crisis. Young people in the UK and Uganda participated in a series of workshops which aimed to bring together participatory practices drawing on photography and Theatre of the Oppressed methods. It is hoped that this short project can feed into longer-term initiatives which build on the learning that has taken place.

You can explore the website here

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A welcome to Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Dr Julia Peetz

We are delighted to Welcome Dr Julia Peetz to the department who has been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship.


Dr Julia Peetz completed a PhD on the US presidency, political representation, and performance at the University of Surrey in January 2019, as part of which she interviewed presidential speechwriters spanning administrations and campaigns from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. She has lectured at Goldsmiths, University of London, the University of Surrey, and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her work is published in Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Research, and in development as a monograph. She is a past editor (2017-2019) of the peer-reviewed early-career journal Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts, published out of Royal Holloway, University of London, and a recipient of the James Thomas Memorial Prize (Political Studies Association).


Through a focus on political oratory, 'Performing Anglo-American Relations: Exceptionalism, Myth, Identity’ offers the first major study of the performative dimension of Anglo-American relations. Examining how key events in US-UK relations—from the American Revolutionary War to the Suez Crisis and beyond—have been staged in political oratory, the project seeks to capture how performance has helped construct a political imaginary of Western exceptionalism that has shaped the order of the modern world. This research introduces an interdisciplinary methodology that combines archival research and performance analysis, thereby opening up a new approach and an international relations perspective for the emerging field of politics and performance research.

Mon 30 Sep 2019, 16:00 | Tags: Research Dr Julia Peetz Awards