Acting Outside the Box

The project will inform the development of the theatre piece ‘Pipeline’, and, in doing so, disseminate findings from the ESRC funded project the Political Economies of School Exclusion (PolESE) project; led by Daniels and Thompson.

The researchers and theatre will work with Young People’s Research Advisory Groups (YPRAGs) to explore the potential use of drama as a research methodology, as well as a method of dissemination. Findings from the PolESE research project will be fed into ‘Pipeline’ while it is still in the development phase. The final performances will help to disseminate the findings from the PolESE project to academic and non-academic audiences, therefore increasing the reach of the research impact, as well as public engagement. Integrating the research findings into the script will also improve the authenticity and relatability of the performance. The partnership will also equip members of the YPRAGs with new knowledge and skills, and the ability to assess the suitability of utilising drama as a research method in the wider PolESE project.

External Co-Investigator: Yasmin Sidwha Artistic Director of Mandala Theatre Company