‘Don’t Smile The Cohesion Project’ was a tripartite collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine and Health, the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Culture at the University of Leeds and nationally acclaimed ‘Theatre of Debate’ with award-winning playwright Judith Johnson. The project won the public engagement with research award (University of Leeds) and the NCCPE Engage Award for ‘Engaging with Young People’.
The project aimed to stimulate cross-faculty working relationships at the University of Leeds as well as provide opportunities for students to develop and strengthen their devising and acting skills. Ultimately the project sought to explore innovative routes for disseminating and engaging the public in the latest developments in health science. The project successfully secured funding from the Wellcome Trust ISSF, Research Councils UK Catalyst Seed Fund (CSF)
For further information see: http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/dentistry/cohesion/dontsmile
‘Hashtag This Girl Can’ was a project which explored the performance of online gendered identities. The work was developed with Cap-a-Pie Theatre Makers in Newcastle for the Performing Research Network as part of NICAP (Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice). Rebecca Collins is an associate artist with Cap-a-Pie.
For Performing Research, Rebecca worked with Laura Richards whose research focused on the performance of online gendered identities for Sport England’s #Thisgirlcan campaign.
In the piece, tweets posted using #thisgirlcan are voiced and explored by academics from Newcastle University using physical choreographic sequences. The performance aimed to further explore and critique how social media users embody gendered identities when tweeting about sport.
The Cap-a-Pie performing research network consists of academic researchers from interdisciplinary backgrounds (biology, politics, sports science). Over a period of 8 weeks the group meets to devise and explore material based on the research of one member of the group. At the end of this period the work is performed to an audience at Northern Stage in Newcastle.
For further information click here: http://www.cap-a-pie.co.uk/performing-research/
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