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The Ecologies of Amateur Theatre, has won the 2019 David Bradby TaPRA Award for outstanding research.

Congratulations to Nadine Holdsworth and colleagues Helen Nicholson (Royal Holloway) and Jane Milling (University of Exeter) on this fantastic achievement.

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Learn more about The David Bradby Award

Pictured: The Ecologies of Amateur Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan 2018), WINNER OF THE DAVID BRADBY AWARD 2019 

Contributions from Patricia Smyth, Julia Peetz and Goran Petrović-Lotina in the latest PR Journal Issue - On Theatricality

Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts sees three contributions from our staff in the June 2019 issue On Theatricality.

Theatricality, Michael Fried and Nineteenth-Century Art and Theatre
by Patricia Smyth

Theatricality as an Interdisciplinary Problem
Julia Peetz

A dramatic form of contesting spectatorial codes

Goran Petrović-Lotina

Call for Papers: Visuality and the Theatre in the Long Nineteenth Century

Conference at the University of Warwick

Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 June 2019

This research event will consider new ways of thinking about nineteenth-century stage spectacle, its meanings, its relationship to a wider visual culture, and its spectators. This period is associated with a widespread transformation of conceptions of vision and subjectivity, evidenced by an explosion of graphic imagery and new forms of visual experience such as panoramas and dioramas. Theatrical spectacle was at the centre of this emergent trans-medial, popular visual culture; yet there has been no major work to address this area since Martin Meisel’s seminal study, Realizations: Narrative, Pictorial and Theatrical Arts in Nineteenth-Century England, of 1983. Organized as part of the three-year AHRC-funded collaborative project, ‘Theatre and Visual Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century’, this event aims to foster cross-disciplinary discussion of spectacle and spectatorship in this period.