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Sheila and Jo bring the TaPRA conference to the New Adelphi

Sep 07, 2017

L-R Prod Sheila McCormick,Professor Sally Mackey, Dr Joanne Scott
L-R Dr Sheila McCormick, Prof Sally Mackey, Dr Joanne Scott

Last week (30th August-1st September) the School of Arts and Media hosted the TaPRA Conference 2017 in the New Adelphi building.

The Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) exists in order to facilitate research through and into theatre and performance. Salford academics Dr Sheila McCormick and Dr Joanne Scott acted as conference conveyors for the event and worked with our conference team to secure the event.

As TaPRA’s 13th annual conference, the event provided an opportunity for members to exchange new ideas, forge collaborations and contribute to the diversity of their research environment. Our state of the art New Adelphi building provided the perfect backdrop to the conference and many colleagues from the Performance and English Directorate were in attendance sharing their research. 

Highlights across the three days included a keynote address from acclaimed playwright Alistair McDowall in the New Adelphi Theatre, a specially-commissioned performance from political theatre collective Take Back Theatre and the David Bradbury Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor of Applied Theatre and Performance at The University of London Sally Mackey. Along with these events, the TaPRA Gallery showcased audio-visual, digital and analogue documentation across theatre and performance disciplines.

Dr Sheila McCormick said: "2017 has seen some exciting developments for performance research in The School of Arts and Media. Earlier this year the Practice as Research Centre of Excellence was launched and we’ve just hosted the 2017 Theatre and Performance Research conference. These are exciting times for the school as a whole, but particularly for the Directorate of Performance and English.”

Our Conference Team were on site to help with the smooth running of the event. Conference Office Manager Clare Forster said: “To bring a conference of this prestige to the New Adelphi is a great coup for the University. The location was ideal for the event and both Sheila and Jo did a fantastic job at pulling together the agenda for the three days.”