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Amateur Theatre: Craft, Place and Community

Amateur theatre plays an active role in the social and cultural life of many communities across England from small rural villages to market towns and cities. Rooted in two AHRC funded research projects: Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Space and For Love or Money? Collaboration between Amateur and Professional Theatre, this project looks at the role amateur theatre practices have for individuals, communities, the wider theatre ecology and the professional theatre sector in England. This research analyses the heritage, repertoire and craft of amateur theatre making, and asks why people spend time making theatre for the love of it. Nadine Holdsworth is a Co-Investigator on both AHRC projects and has developed a particular strand of the research around amateur theatre practice in the Navy in partnership with the Royal Navy Theatre Association.

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