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Performing the Archive

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Over the past eight months, Theatre Studies has been collaborating with the team at the University of Glasgow’s Archives and Special Collections to explore how performance methodologies might help tackle the problem of ‘archive anxiety’, the inherent barriers that can stand in the way of a deeper engagement with archives. As the work draws to… Continue reading

Bertha Waddell’s Children’s Theatre: combing the Scottish Theatre Archive for remnants of a theatre company especially for children

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Founded almost 100 years ago, remarkably forward-looking and still echoing in contemporary times, Siân MacGregor found their elusive history irresistible when researching children’s theatre as part of the MLitt Theatre Studies programme. “Cuckoo! Item Number One!” The call which signalled the start of every show was coined when its inventor was barely older than her… Continue reading

Inspiring Women: the stories behind our pictures for International Women’s Day

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To mark International Women’s Day in 2020, the University of Glasgow recreated a 150 year old photo of male senior academics with women from the university’s community. In the spirit of this, different schools in the College of Arts recreated photos of inspirational women in arts which were nominated by our staff members, using the… Continue reading

Live Encounters | Thinking Digitally at the National Theatre of Scotland

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As Digital Thinker in Residence at the National Theatre of Scotland Dr Harry Wilson has spent the past year researching innovative uses of digital technologies in the context of theatre and performance. Here he reflects on his experiences in the post, and the unique encounters that can happen in the space between theatre and virtual… Continue reading

Take Me Somewhere | Conversation over Live Art Lunch

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In May 2019 Dr Stephen Greer, Senior Lecturer in Theatre Practices at the University of Glasgow, hosted the Live Art Lunch series at Take Me Somewhere festival. His aim was to explore new approaches to exchanging ideas outside of the usual academic formats. Here he shares some food for thought on the experience. The Live… Continue reading

Pero, Performance & Mental Health | Interview with Theatremaker Mabli Godden

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Mabli Godden is a dramaturg, community artist and theatre practitioner. She graduated in Theatre Studies from the University of Glasgow in 2014 and went on to complete an MLitt in Playwriting and Dramaturgy in 2018, specialising in dramaturgical practice. In a post to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Mabli reflects on her show ‘Animal Hour’,… Continue reading

We Are All Lichens | Hanna Tuulikki reflects on Donna Haraway

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Hanna Tuulikki is a Glasgow based artist, composer and performer. Having joined us as a panellist for a recent screening of Terranova’s film portrait, ‘Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival’, Hanna reflects here on Haraway’s thinking on storytelling, and poses a series of questions which resonate with her own creative practice. In her 2016 book,… Continue reading

Investigating the Hidden Histories of the Citizens Theatre Through Playwriting

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PhD candidate Jenny Knotts tells us about her research into the history of Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre.   My Practice-as- Research PhD, Play/writing histories: Navigating the Personal, Public and Institutional stories of Theatre Space. An Architextural study of the Citizens Theatre combines playwriting practice and architectural theory to explore hidden histories of Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre, whilst… Continue reading

An Evening’s Potential

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Each year, students on our Theatre Studies Postgraduate Taught programmes stage a play-reading event to showcase their works in progress. MLitt Theatre Studies student Hannah Harper tells us about her experience.     There’s something incredibly magical about staged play-readings – maybe it’s the overwhelming potential of the work, yet to be unlocked; perhaps it’s… Continue reading

Glasgow Glam Rock Dialogues – Behind the scenes

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MSc Filmmaking and Media Arts students Caitlyn Foster and Chiara Passarini have been involved in the performance-lecture series Glasgow Glam Rock Dialogues, which was established by David Archibald (Film and TV) and Carl Lavery (Theatre) in 2016. The Dialogues, which involves a number of academics in the School of Culture and Creative Arts plus musicians… Continue reading