Drama Research Volume 2

April 2011
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Applied Theatre: International Case Studies and Challenges for Practice

This book advances the current debate between Applied Drama and Applied Theatre and is likely to become an important contribution. As reviewer Brian Heap observes:’One great advantage to a book like this, of course, is that it provides ready access to a range of key articles from what might otherwise be, for the individual student or researcher at least, prohibitively expensive journals. In addition, the fact that they are thematically arranged helps the reader to focus on his/her immediate interest.
By Monica Prendergast and Juliana Saxton (editors)

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Performing Research: Tensions, triumphs and trade-offs of ethnodrama

This thoughtful and intelligent volume is a timely analysis of the burgeoning field of ethnodrama, anchored in six case studies. The co-authors guide the reader through the dominant questions and paradoxes of the sub-discipline while wisely dwelling little on the relative merits of any particular label. The title for the book is well chosen since the performance of research is the concept that forms the common denominator for all the myriad off-shoots to which academics and practitioners swear allegiance.
By Judith Ackroyd and John O’Toole

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Bringing Shakespeare to life in the Primary School: A Play in a Day

For the last four years Hilary Lee-Corbin has initiated and conducted a research project aimed at introducing Shakespeare to primary children in an accessible and active manner. The initial idea was that by doing this children would be able to approach Shakespeare more easily when they come to study his works in the secondary school. Children’s attitudes towards Shakespeare have been explored in this study using Personal Construct Psychology and Repertory Grids, Stimulated Recall and Semi-structured Interviews.

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