Performing local places
This page has been added to the Performing Places website in 2017 to give insights into an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Follow-on Funding project entitled ‘Performing Place: Working with local councils to reach new communities and facilitate wellbeing in living environments.’ This has been abbreviated to Performing Local Places. The grant was awarded to Professor Sally Mackey, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, 2016-2017. (Award number: AH/N007816/1.)
Using the practices and ideas from performing place articulated in the Challenging Place project and represented throughout the rest of this website, Performing Local Places worked specifically with local councils, responding to agendas they set.
- In Camden, participants comprised adults currently living with a mental illness in 24-hour supported living residencies run by the St Mungo’s Housing Association. The remit for the 17 arts work sessions was to encourage the residents to begin to favour a move from fully supported living to semi-independent dwellings. This objective changed slightly suring the course of the project.
- In Oldham, a week-long participatory, interactive performance narrative took place in one neighbourhood (Clarksfield) experiencing population change, with longer-established residents and new migrants.
Three documents represent and evaluate the follow-on project and can be accessed here. The main document is the first:
- Performing Local Places - overview document including extracts from the following two documents.
The film below is a summary of the two final symposia, in London and Oldham, March 2017.
If you do use this website resource, please just let Sally Mackey know by email - so that we can have a sense of how the work is being used.
Lead investigator: Sally Mackey, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.
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