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Durational performance; Live Art; Immersive and Participatory performance; Site-Specifc performance

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Personal profile


I am a Lecturer and Researcher in Drama, Theatre and Performance. 

Current research activities

My current research interests are in three strands: 

  1. Durational performance. I am interested in the relationship between performance durations exceeding 'smooth consumption' and the possibility of transformation for the spectator; in particular, why contemporary audiences might be drawn to durationally challenging performance. In relation to this, I am currently writing a monograph (to be published by Intellect Books) titled (Re)Ma(r)king Time: Bergson and Durational Performance.  
  2. Site-Specific performance. Using psychogeographical and mythogeographical approaches, I am interested in exploring how 'collaborative chorology' can be used as a method of remaking space and place, particularly as a tool for mapping memory. 
  3. Applied drama. As part of an ongoing relationship with various educational partners in Romania, I am developing a network of UK-Romania drama teachers with the aim of sharing best practice in drama pedagogy. The key aims of the project are:

1. To share good practice in drama teaching for the benefit the UK and Romanian school curricula; 

2. To develop and sustain a forum for promoting the importance of drama and theatre in school curricula; 

3. To develop and strengthen intercultural links between the UK and Romania. 


Area of academic expertise - outline

Durational performance; Live Art; Site-Specific performance; Autoethnography. 

External positions

External Examiner FdA / BA (Hons) Drama & Performance , Bristol Institute of Performing Arts (University of Gloucestershire)


External Examiner FdA / BA (Hons) Musical Theatre, Bristol Institute of Performing Arts (University of Gloucestershire)


External Examiner HND Theatre Practice, Northampton College (University of Northampton)


External Examiner FdA / BA (Hons) Theatre & Performance , University Campus Oldham (UCLan)


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Research Output

Future cities: using drama as a tool for exploring communities

Layton, J., 31 Jan 2019, Drama, 25, 1, p. 17-22 6 p.

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    Provocation three: from space to (embodied) place: a manifesto for sensory learning In site-specific practices

    Layton, J., 30 Nov 2019, Leap into Action: Critical Performative Pedagogies in Art & Design Education. Campbell, L. (ed.). New York: Peter Lang, p. 165-167 3 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Read between the lines: using drama to change attitudes towards suicide among young people

    Layton, J., 1 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Applied Arts and Health. 10, 3, p. 283-294 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  • 14 Citations (Scopus)


    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Teach, Create, Perform

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    10 Nov 2018

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    National College

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