Creative Minds: Exploring the Relationship between Theatre-Makers and Research

creative minds

This symposium, co-hosted by Cornerstone arts centre and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), will explore the intersections of research and theatre-making over two days of panel discussions, performances, workshops, papers and networking. Our aim is to facilitate the sharing of best practice and to help cultivate new collaborative relationships between practitioners and researchers.

The cost for the symposium, including lunch on both days and an evening performance of The Last Hurrah on Wednesday 12 February, is £10.


Full Programme



Day 1, Wednesday 12th February 2020 @ Cornerstone, Didcot

Using Research in Creative Practice

09.30 - 10.00 Coffee and Registration

10.00 - 11.00 Introduction and Keynote from Professor Wes Williams (University of Oxford)

11.00 - 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 - 11.30 Single Shoe – Sharing of new work in progress

11.30 - 12.30 Panel discussion: ‘Theatre-Making Informed by Research’ with:

Single Shoe and Dr Sophie Duncan (University of Oxford)

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 14.45 Panel discussion: ‘Using Stories to Engage with Research’ with The Last Hurrah (Bath Spa University)

14.45 - 15.00 Coffee Break

15.00 - 16.30 Practical Session: Developing New ideas

16.30 - 17.00 Exploring Opportunities and Funding

17.00 - 19.30 Break and symposium dinner

19.30 - 21.00 The Last Hurrah show at Cornerstone (post-show discussion to follow). Ticket included in symposium.



Day 2, Thursday 13th February 2020 @ St Luke's Chapel, Oxford

Meaningful Evaluation and Impact

09.30 - 10.00 Welcome and Registration

10.00 - 11.00 Keynote from Dr Kirsty Sedgman (University of Bristol)

11.00 - 12.00 Interrogating Evaluation with:

J. D. Phillipson (Open University/ Border Crossings) “Measuring Reconciliation at ORIGINS Festival of First Nations: Cultural Diplomacy in Action”

Bentley Crudgington (Creative Facilitator) “Evaluation: The Oppenheimer Affect”

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 14.00 "Most Significant Change" Methodology Workshop with Jeremy Spafford (Director, Arts at the Old Fire Station)

14.00 - 14.15 Coffee break

14.15 - 15.15 Exploring Methodologies with:

Hilary Baxter (St Mary’s University) “CHANGING IN PUBLIC: Scenography and Menopause”

Dr Maria Grazia Turri (Queen Mary University of London) "Researching Spectators' (unconscious?) Emotional Responses to Early Modern Comedy"

Kristina Nilles (London South Bank University/ Lyric Hammersmith) “Negotiating Voices: Towards Holistic Impact Evaluation of Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s START Programme”

15.30 - 16.30 Community building and match-making


Please contact Dr Hannah Coleman Manktelow with any questions or enquiries (