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Overview

I am a Creative Practitioner, 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 Contemporary 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)

20182022

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

20182022

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

20182022

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

20172021

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Research Output 2013 2019

  • 5 Paper
  • 3 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Future cities: using drama as a tool for exploring communities

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

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
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drama
community
planning
school
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Open Access
File
aesthetics
art
Teaching
language
editor
attitude change
drama
suicide
action plan
secondary school pupil

In search of pure duration: an autoethnographic Journey

Layton, J., 6 Jun 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

performance
cultural analysis
spectator
ethnography
research method
Jouissance
Journey
Train
Instant
Funeral

Activities 2014 2018

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

Teach, Create, Perform

James Layton (Invited speaker)
10 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

National College

James Layton (Visiting researcher)
20142017

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution