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The David Bradby Award

Nominations are invited to celebrate outstanding research (including practice-based/applied research) in any theatre or performance area or discipline. Nominees may be based anywhere in the world. The research must have been published or first made available in the public domain within 24 months of the nomination date.

The winner(s) will be invited to present a keynote lecture at the conference in 2020. 
 
The Prize will consist of a free conference place, membership fee, conference dinner and accommodation. The winner may choose whether this is for the 2019 or 2020 conference. 

TaPRA welcomes the nominations of collaborative or co-produced research. If co-created work is awarded the prize, the executive committee will work with the winners to negotiate an appropriate prize.

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David Bradby
Winner

The Prize

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Nomination

choreomania

PRIZES

2018

WINNER

Kélina Gotman

for Choreomania: Dance and Disorder (Oxford University Press, 2018).

This substantial volume constructs a compelling picture of ‘choreomania’ – of mad, disorderly movement in public space – drawing on rigorous, extensive archival research and travelling through a wide range of disciplinary fields and methodologies, from psychiatry to sociology, from ethnography to journalism. An outstanding book that enriches dance studies and performance studies, it places ‘choreomania’ within historical, medical, political and social contexts, while also demonstrating how past events still resonate and have relevance today.

SHORTLISTED

Tony Fisher

for Theatre and Governance in Britain, 1500-1900: Democracy, Disorder and the State (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

WINNING

The Prize

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

2018

WINNER

Kélina Gotman

For Choreomania: Dance and Disorder (Oxford University Press, 2018).

This substantial volume constructs a compelling picture of ‘choreomania’ – of mad, disorderly movement in public space – drawing on rigorous, extensive archival research and travelling through a wide range of disciplinary fields and methodologies, from psychiatry to sociology, from ethnography to journalism. An outstanding book that enriches dance studies and performance studies, it places ‘choreomania’ within historical, medical, political and social contexts, while also demonstrating how past events still resonate and have relevance today.

SHORTLISTED

Tony Fisher

for Theatre and Governance in Britain, 1500-1900: Democracy, Disorder and the State (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

2017

WINNER

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.

SHORTLISTED

Lynette Goddard

for Contemporary Black British Playwrights (Palgrave, 2015)

Cathy Turner

for Dramaturgy and Architecture: Theatre, Utopia and the Built Environment (Palgrave, 2015)

2016

WINNER

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.

SHORTLISTED

David Barnett

A History of the Berliner Ensemble (Cambridge University Press)

Fintan Walsh

Queer Performance and Contemporary Ireland: Dissent and Disorientation (Palgrave)

RUNNER-UP

Peter Boenisch

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

2015

WINNER

Duška Radosavljevic

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

SHORTLISTED

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)

2014

WINNER

Kate Dorney & Frances Gray

for the iPad app and book: Played in Britain: Modern British Theatre in 100 Plays

SHORTLISTED

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)

2013

WINNER

Jacky Bratton

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

SHORTLISTED

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)

2012

WINNER

Aoife Monks

For her book, The Actor in Costume (Palgrave)

2011

WINNER

Heike Roms

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

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Nomination

Only current TaPRA members can submit nominations for our awards or elections. Each nomination requires a seconder, who must also be a current member.

Schedule for TaPRA 2019 now available

This year's conference will be held at the University of Exeter from 4-6th of September. Please click the link here for access to the online schedule.

Schedule for TaPRA 2019 now available

This year's conference will be held at the University of Exeter from 4-6th of September. Please click the link below to access the online schedule.

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