Dr Sarah Bartley
Areas of interest
I am cultivating a new strand of research that examines the emergence of contemporary people’s theatres in the UK. In particular, I am examining why people’s theatres are being recuperated in a time of collective economic, political, and social crisis. As part of this work, I am exploring the ways in which people’s theatres participate in a revisioning of community resources through practices including: solidarity economies, space sharing, re-purposing community sites, cooperative models of practice, voluntary and amateur labour and new kinds of public-voluntary partnership.
I am also part of a team of researchers, led by Professor Caoimhe McAvinchey and funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Grant, examining the work of Clean Break Theatre Company. This interdisciplinary project runs for 24 months; during which we are exploring the history of the company in relation to its distinctive organisational practices, spatial geographies, and performance legacies.
I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students, including fully written and practice-based projects, in any areas of my research, including proposals engaging with:
- Contemporary Theatre and Performance Practices
- Devising Performance: Politics and Citizenship
- Critical Issues in Contemporary Performance
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- TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), member
- IFTR (International Federation of Theatre Research), member
Performing Welfare: Applied Theatre, Unemployment, and Participation (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan in 2020).
‘Gendering Welfare Onstage: Acts of Reproductive Labour in Applied Theatre’, Contemporary Theatre Review, 29.3 (2019), pp. 305-319.
‘Austerity, Gender and Performance: Conversations with Anna Herrmann and Katherine Chandler’, Interventions: Contemporary Theatre Review, November 2019.
‘Hard Labour and Punitive Welfare: The Unemployed Body at Work in Participatory Performance’, Research in Drama Education, 22.1 (2017), pp. 62-75.
- Bartley, S. (2021) UK people’s theatres: performing civic functions in a time of austerity. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance , 26 (1). pp. 171-186. ISSN: 1470-112X | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2020.1853516
- Bartley, S. (2020) Performing Welfare Applied Theatre, Unemployment, and Economies of Participation. Contemporary Performance InterActions Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9783030448530 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-44854-7
- Bartley, S. (2019) Gendering welfare: acts of reproductive labour in applied performance practice. Contemporary Theatre Review , 29 (3). pp. 305-319. ISSN: 1477-2264 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2019.1615901
- Bartley, S. (2017) Hard labour and punitive welfare: the unemployed body at work in participatory performance. Research in Drama Education , 22 (1). pp. 62-75. ISSN: 1356-9783 | doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569783.2016.1263559