Getting in on the Act: AHRC seminar on community theatre, ACTA Bristol/University of Exeter

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk


On 18 March, in a preview to our community theatre festival in June, and with community engaged work trending across the UK, we consider what can be learnt from community theatre? An opportunity to meet practitioners who work with communities, and talk about the key issues at the heart of participatory practice: ¦Do you wait for an invitation, or do you go and create one? ¦Are there any invitations you wouldn’t accept? ¦What’s the difference between artist/practitioner-led practice and practice that responds to people? In this latest seminar, we respond to the enhanced interest in the work of the sector and the opportunities it offers. Following a fundamental shift in the Arts Council’s approach to diversity, all national funded theatre programmes are working to be more reflective of the communities they serve. A chance for community theatre to share, discuss, learn, celebrate and inspire… Dr Kerrie Schaefer (University of Exeter) and an expert panel including: ¦Ruth Ben Tovim – Encounters, Totnes, Devon; ¦Graham Jeffery – Culture & Creativity Research Hub, School of Media, Culture and Society; University of the West of Scotland; discuss the ‘cultural politics’ of community theatre; how is it ‘community-engaged’ or ‘participatory’ or ‘socially-engaged’ and how can we do more better? What should we hold on to as the core practice of our sector? Why do we choose to make community theatre, and how does our sector relate to the Arts Council’s “creative case for diversity?” - See more at:
Period18 Mar 2016
Held atUniversity of Exeter, United Kingdom


  • community theatre
  • theatre
  • community politics
  • participatory arts
  • cultural policy