Rachel Clive

Research title

Geodiversity and human difference: disability, landscape form and process

Research summary

My practice-based research at the University of Glasgow works across the College of Arts (Theatre Studies), the College of Social Sciences (Disability Studies) and the College of Science and Engineering (Cultural Geography and Geology). The research is primarily interested in developing new understanding and accounts of the relationships between humans and environments, with a particular focus on relationships between neurodiversity and geodiversity. It aims to help with the construction of a bridge between the environmental and disability movements, through developing a "normally different" (neurodivergent led) ecological performance practice which actively explores lived experiences of and relationships with landscape forms and processes.

I am particularly interested in:

  • bodyworlding/intercorporeality/synaesthesia
  • public-space arts work/landscape practices
  • science-art collaborations
  • ethics, activism and aesthetics
  • power-nature-work discourses


My theatre practice is particularly interested in the potentials of dialogical theatre, affect and relationality to explore the traditional performer/spectator divide in order to promote human (and environmental) flourishing.

I am currently focussing on developing a dramaturgy of confluence which is questioning dominant discourses of difference and exploring practices of interdependency.


Grants

  • LKAS PhD Studentship

Teaching

  • Applied Theatre
  • Theatre Research Methods

Additional information

Practice

I am a freelance theatre practitioner, arts facilitator and writer with a particular interest in cross-art-form collaborative working practices. I have an MA (with Distinction) in Arts and Social Contexts from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and a PGCE (with Distinction) from the University of Strathclyde. I have worked, and made theatre/art with people in many diverse contexts as well as theatre and arts contexts, including prisons, schools, gardens, colleges, museums, resource centres, residential establishments and festivals.

Please see here for a list of performances.

I founded and led Theatre Arts Group, an experimental theatre ensemble for people with and without learning disabilities based at Tramway, Glasgow’s international art-house, and have worked for a wide range of organisations including Lapidus Scotland (Creative Words for Health and Well-Being), National Youth Theatre (I project managed and co-led their Scottish Open Access work for three years), and the Citizens' Theatre (helping establish and co-leading their integrated learning disability theatre work).

Practice research

  • "The Trick is to Keep Writing" a project and programme of events between Lapidus Scotland and the University of Glasgow, exploring connections between creative writing and mental health.
  • "Between Care and Control: Creative Spaces, Challenges and Change", a research project at the RCS bringing learning disabled and non learning disabled people together to identify ways forward nationally for disability arts policy and practice.
  • "Prison labels, stigma and hope," a theatre practice research project at Glenochil Prison, in collaboration with the College Development Network and Education Scotland, to explore sex offenders anxieties/experiences of labelling and stigmatisation, bringing a variety of stakeholders together to discuss practical and emotional strategies to support rehabilitation.