- UK/EU/International: UK and EU
- Type of project: Competition funded PhD projects
- Funding type: External sponsor
- Value: Full-time AHRC Competition Studentships for doctoral research are 3 years in duration (or 5 years part time). Awards are subject to satisfactory academic progress. Awards must be taken up in October 2019. No deferrals are possible. Awards will comprise UK/EU fees at Research Council rates and, for eligible students, a maintenance grant (£14,777 in 2017/8).
- Number of awards: 1
- Deadline: Thursday 29 November 2018
Kara McKechie (School of Performance and Cultural Industries)
- Project description:
Theatre can help communities to make statements about ‘who they are and what they aspire to become’ (Taylor 2003:2). Slung Low’s aim is to facilitate these statements, prioritising process over product (‘the how is the what’, Lane 2018), but adding ‘extraordinary outdoor adventures for audiences’ to the established purposes of community theatre. Their aim is to foster cultural capability through cultural democracy (Wilson, Gross & Ball 2017). This practice-led project will accompany this process by drawing on practices of applied/community theatre, ethnography and different dramaturgies (i.e. performance, behaviour, space, intervention). The successful candidate will be involved in preparing for and then contributing to the inaugural production by Leeds People’s Theatre (LPT), a new initiative by Slung Low. The student would have a stake in the creative process, co-developing methods for large-scale, regionally/ spatially specific performance in a community-run model, and also test creative strategies for their transferability. Balancing artistic excellence with new forms of co-creation will be an objective of this studentship, as well as liaising with other People’s Theatres (established companies such as Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Camden and Sheffield) to create a loop of experience and methodologies. This would create new knowledge in Practice-as-Research (PaR) for large-scale community performance in public spaces and art as activism. The ‘scholartist’ will support the company’s move from community involvement (its current Cultural Community College) to community co-creation and will have significant opportunities to impact on the artistic strategy of LPT, investigating sustainability and the balance of community-driven practice and artistic excellence through their own practice. There is considerable scope to choose skills and research directions according to the scholar’s interest and expertise.
A new model for large-scale community performance
Strong applicants will have a good first degree in an appropriate subject, as well as a Master’s degree and professional experience relevant to the scope of the project (or experience of belonging to a collaborative team).
How to apply
STAGE 1 - apply to university
Applicants must apply for a place of study , clearly stating to which project you wish to apply, by the deadline given below.
To assess your academic ability to undertake three years of independent research you may be required to provide the following evidence:
•Project Statement (a two-page statement that conveys your motivation and enthusiasm for the project and demonstrate your suitability for the intended study)
•Transcripts of marks for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees plus certificates where available
•Two academic references http://ses.leeds.ac.uk/download/1484/reference_template-research_degrees from referees who will be able to provide their references by the deadline for Stage 1
•IELTS Certificate (if applicable)
Interviews will then take place to select a suitable candidate.
STAGE 2 Apply for funding to WRoCAH
Candidates selected after Stage 1 then liaise with the project supervisory team to submit a WRoCAH studentship application via the WRoCAH online application form by the 5pm on Wednesday 23 January 2019 deadline.
NB: Candidates who have been unsuccessful in Phase One can submit a separate WRoCAH application as a non-CDA applicant.