Dr Stephen Greer wins AHRC Fellowship for Live Art project

Dr Stephen Greer of Theatre Studies has been awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellowship for a research project on Live Art in Scotland, starting next year.


The project aims to write a major, missing chapter in the history of experimental and cutting-edge performance in the UK. Though Scotland has been home to some of Live Art’s most famous and infamous events - including the National Review of Live Art – existing histories performance tend to emphasise a literary dramatic tradition of plays and playwrights. While this work is richly deserving of celebration, it only tells part of the story.


The project will involve a mix of archival work here at the University, at the Centre for Contemporary Arts and elsewhere in the UK alongside new oral history interviews intended to capture the voices of artists and culture workers often left out of conventional accounts, with planned events across Scotland creating opportunities to engage with live/archival histories.


The wider ambition of the project is concerned with the question of ‘resilience’ in the theatre and performance sector. What can the history of Live Art tell us about the kinds of support needed to foster creative risk and experimentation in deeply uncertain times? The original proposal was written last year before Covid and so has taken on some additional (and perhaps even urgent) timeliness since.


First published: 1 September 2020

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