Welcome to the website of our two research projects, the first fully funded academic studies of amateur theatre in the UK.

Reflecting on Amateur Theatre Research: 17th September 2016

Research is almost always a collaboration, and new knowledge is generated as part of a dialogue. Bringing together cultural commentators, researchers and theatre professionals with amateur theatre-makers was designed to further discussions and create new opportunities for dialogue rather than 'disseminate' research findings. We were delighted to welcome so many people to the day with a wide range of interests across and beyond the amateur sector.

Discussions circled around the changing cultural climate in which theatre is made, the relationship between amateur theatre and place-making, the ways in which amateur theatre has defined the national theatre canon.

For summaries of the talks, please go to Reflections on Amateur Theatre. Here's a snapshot of some of our research themes.