Creative Minds: Exploring the Relationship between Theatre-Makers and Research

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This symposium, co-hosted by Cornerstone arts centre and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), will explore the intersections of research and theatre-making over two days of panel discussions, performances, workshops, papers and networking. Our aim is to facilitate the sharing of best practice and to help cultivate new collaborative relationships.

Day 1, Using Research in Creative Practice, incorporates a work in progress sharing of A Wall Between Us (Single Shoe) and a performance of The Last Hurrah (Bath Spa University) with two panels – ‘Theatre-making informed by research’ and ‘Using stories to engage with research’ – and a session on securing funding.

Day 2, Meaningful Evaluation in the Performing Arts, features a keynote from Dr Kirsty Sedgman (University of Bristol) and a workshop from Jeremy Spafford on the innovative approach to evaluation taken by Arts at the Old Fire Station, alongside two sessions in which practitioners and researchers will share their experiences and approaches to meaningful evaluation.

Both days include match-making networking opportunities facilitated by the organisers.

The cost for the symposium, including lunch on both days and an evening performance of The Last Hurrah on Wednesday 12 February, is £10.

BOOKING IS NOW OPEN! Please note that booking does cover both days of the symposium.


Please contact Dr Hannah Coleman Manktelow with any questions or enquiries (

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