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Research into the relation between humans and objects is inspiring theatre practice around the world
Research into the relation between humans and objects is inspiring theatre practice around the world

Influencing creative practice world-wide

  • Research into the relation between humans and objects is inspiring theatre practice around the world

All photographs by Giselle Leeb

Object theatre uses everyday items not just as props, but as characters and key drivers within the drama.

Research conducted at Loughborough over the past seven years – into objects in performance, literature and philosophy – is influencing the methods and understanding of a range of theatre practitioners and industry professionals – in relation to object theatre – generating new ways of thinking and creative practice.

It is also impacting the learning experience of students at training institutions such as the Central School of Drama, as well as the ways the public interact with artefacts in museums including Nottingham City Museums and Galleries.

Collaborative work with Nottingham Trent University led to the formation of the Object Theatre Network in 2011. Events held by the Network to date have been attended by more than 130 key practitioners – informing performance theory and practice world-wide.

Impact

  • Object theatre network 

    The formation of the Object Theatre Network in 2011 with funding from the AHRC

  • Direct impact 

    More than 130 key practitioners have attended Network events – and have since acknowledged the impact of the meetings on their work

  • Widespread publication 

     Ground-breaking articles have appeared in leading journals and publications.