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Publishing success for performance lecturer Dr Sheila McCormick

Aug 09, 2017

Dr Sheila McCormick
Dr Sheila McCormick

Dr Sheila McCormick from the Performance and Film Directorate in the School of Arts and Media is delighted to announce the publication of her book, Applied Theatre: Creative Ageing, published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

Part of the Applied Theatre series, a major innovation in theatre and performance scholarship, which brings together leading international scholars that engage with and advance the field, the book examines the social, political and cultural needs of a diverse group in our society and asks how contemporary applied theatre responds to those needs.

Applied Theatre: Creative Ageing undertakes the first sustained examination of innovative national and international practice in applied theatre that responds to the complex needs of older adults. The volume does so while engaging critical inquiry into how, as a society, wish to respond to these needs and the process of ageing and how applied theatre practices can help us do so in ways that are positive and inclusive.

The book reviews the practice of applied theatre with, for and by older adults, arguing that pioneering strategies in this area are vital if creative practice is to respond to changing demographics. It does so while reflecting on particular cultural responses to ageing and older adults including essays and case studies from leading experts and practitioners from Britain, America and Australia which consider the approach of applied theatre to issues associated with health, wellbeing and social inclusion.

The book will be launched at the Creative Ageing conference at Griffith University, Brisbane later this year where Sheila has been invited to deliver the key note address.

Sheila’s research and publications to date address her interest in contemporary performance as well as documentary, Irish, applied and political theatre. As a member of the International Federation for Theatre Research and The Theatre and Performance Research Association, she regularly contributes papers at these and other national and international conferences. 

Later this month Sheila (along with co-convener Dr Jo Scott) will be bringing the Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Conference 2017 to the New Adelphi. The conference will host three hundred and fifty performance scholars from Britain and around the world. Along with thirteen working groups, joint panels and key notes from Professor Sally Mackey and playwright Alistair McDowall, it will house new practice as research within the TaPRA gallery in the studio theatre and witness a performance and instillation from award winning theatre company Take Back Theatre.

Find out more about Applied Theatre: Creative Aging here.