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The David Bradby TaPRA Award

The David Bradby Award celebrates outstanding research (including practice-based/applied research) in any area of the discipline. The prize is awarded for research that has had an appropriate form of circulation/dissemination must have been published or launched within 24 months of the nomination date. Research which has already secured funding (in any shape or form) is eligible as long as it is within the 24 month limit.

Current Award Holder

Jim Davis for Comic Acting and Portraiture in Late-Georgian and Regency England (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
The judges felt that the book moved adroitly across concept, example (actor), and exemplification (illustration) to account for the reciprocity of interest, nomenclature, and patronage between Georgian-era performers and painters. Without a shred of pedantry readers are coached in the criteria by which to understand what it means for a painter to capture something “inherently theatrical” about a specific character yet also incorporate the accumulation of a performer’s reputation and the epitome of their unique technique.

Lynette Goddard for Contemporary Black British Playwrights (Palgrave, 2015)
Cathy Turner for Dramaturgy and Architecture: Theatre, Utopia and the Built Environment (Palgrave, 2015)


Nominations are now closed.

The Prize

The Prize consists of a free conference place (membership fee, conference dinner and accommodation excluded) and a cheque for £200.

Previous Winners

Sally Mackey for her work and leadership on the project Challenging Concepts of Liquid Place.
The judges felt that from inside, from outside, this project shows change towards place in action and declares its ambition for further work. It is the work of considered scholarship and practice: far reaching, versatile, inclusive and impactful both for the communities with which it worked and for the academic sector which TaPRA represents.

Peter BoenischDirecting scenes and senses: the thinking of Regie (Manchester University Press)

David BarnettA History of the Berliner Ensemble (Cambridge University Press)
Fintan WalshQueer Performance and Contemporary Ireland: Dissent and Disorientation (Palgrave)

Duška Radosavljevic for Theatre-Making: Interplay Between Text and Performance in the 21st Century (Palgrave)

Sos Eltis, Acts of Desire: Women, and Sex on Stage 1800-1930.(Oxford University Press)
Graham Ley, Ancient Greek and Contemporary Performance: Collected Essays. (University of Exeter Press)
Josephine Machon, Immersive Theatres. Intimacy and Immediacy in Contemporary Performance. (Palgrave)
Mary Noonan, Echo’s Voice : The Theatres of Sarraute, Duras, Cixous and Renaude. (Legenda Books)
Nicholas Ridout, Passionate Amateurs: Theatre, Communism and Love. (Michigan University Press)

Kate Dorney & Frances Gray for the iPad app and book: Played in Britain: Modern British Theatre in 100 Plays

Nicola Shaughnessy for the ‘Imagining Autism project’
Robin Nelson, Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances (Palgrave)
Jen Harvie, Fair Play: Art, Performance and Neoliberalism (Palgrave)

Jacky Bratton for her book, The Making of the West End Stage: Marriage, Management and the Mapping of Gender in London

Claire Cochrane, Twentieth Century British Theatre: Art, Industry and Empire (Cambridge University Press)
Oliver Double, Britain’s Had Talent: A History of Variety Theatre (Palgrave)
Patrice Pavis and Joel Anderson, Contemporary Mise en Scene: Staging Theatre Today (Routledge)

Aoife Monks for her book, The Actor in Costume (Palgrave)

Heike Roms for her project ‘It was Forty Years Ago Today: Locating the History of Performance Arts in Wales’

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