‘Objects With Objectives’ – Applied & Social Theatre Interim Event

Date: Saturday 24 February 2018

TaPRA Applied and Social Theatre Working Group


Queen’s University, Belfast

Saturday 24th February, 2018


(and Open Meeting of the AHRC “Objects with Objectives” Research Network on Friday 23rd)


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  Friday 23rd February, 3-6pm, The Board Room, 21 University Square, Belfast AHRC ‘Objectives with Objectives’ Network open session (Chair: David Grant, Queen’s University) A look back over the work of the Network since our meetings in Cape Town as part of the ASSITEJ Festival in May 2017. This will include the screening of training videos and a discussion about how best to disseminate and utilise these exciting new Applied Puppetry resources. These include: Essential ‘Direct Manipulation’ Puppetry Techniques: Focus, Breath and Gravity (Dr David Morton, Artistic Director, Dead Puppet Society, Brisbane, Australia) Making Puppets from Found Materials (Karen Torley, Banyan Puppet Theatre, Northern Ireland) Making a Life-Size Paper Puppets and using these to explore the use of the Rasa with Puppets (Dr Aja Marneweck, University of Western Cape and Dr Sara Matchett, University of Cape Town) Applied Puppetry and Sympathetic Presence in medical simulation and Nursing pedagogy (Dr Matt Jennings and Karl Tizzard-Kleister, Ulster University and Karen Torley, Banyan Puppet Theatre) Brown Paper Puppetry and the Celebration of Imperfection (Dr Laura Purcell-Gates, Bath Spa University) Embodying the Puppet Experience as a Training Strategy (Dr Matt Smith, University of Portsmouth)     Friday 23rd February, 8-9pm, Brian Friel Theatre, 20 University Square, Belfast Tinderbox Theatre Company (Belfast) The Bishop in the Bedroom by Richard O’Leary Richard relives the experience of growing up gay in Ireland with the help of a powerful series of real and resonant objects from his own past. Vibrantly material! CLOSED PERFORMANCE FOR SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS AND INVITED GUESTS ONLY   Saturday 24th February, Brian Friel Theatre, 20 University Sq.,  10am-5pm 10.00-10.45am   A Demonstration of Applied Puppetry in medical simulation for Nursing students (led by Dr Matt Jennings and Pat Deeny, Ulster University, with the assistance of Karl Tizzard-Kleister, Karen Torley and UU Nursing colleagues and students). 10.45-11am         How to Access the ‘Objects with Objectives’ Training videos (David Grant, Queen’s University) 11-11.45am         Panel 1 (Chair: Dr Zoe Zontou) Anthropomorphizing in the Anthropocene: can a medical mannequin become a human patient? (Karl Tizzard-Kleister, PhD Researcher at Ulster University) The ‘pin’ and the ‘spoon’: Affective inter-relation with the objects of addiction in applied theatre-making (Cathy Sloane, PhD Researcher at RCSSD)   11.45-12.15 COFFEE/TEA   12.15-1.00          Panel 2 (Chair: Michael Carklin) Quintessence of Dust: a material approach to art with people with dementia (Dr Kay Hepplewhite, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University) Pupa: engaging with new materialism to tell an anthropocentric tale of my identifying as disabled (Emma Fisher, PhD Researcher, Mary Immaculate College Limerick)   1-1.45pm             LUNCH (foyer)    1.45-2.45             Panel 3 (Chair: Dr Laura Purcell-Gates) Applied Theatre and Puppetry in child healthcare: objects, care and training (Dr Persephone Sextou, Newman University) Staging applied-ness: grappling with a social mess through traditional puppetry (and Dr Cariad Astles, RCSSD) Followed by a discussion about publication priorities and opportunities in the field of Applied Puppetry  2.45-3.45 –         Keynote (Chair: Dr Matt Jennings) Puppetry and Vibrant Materiality within Applied Theatre (Dr Matt Smith, University of Portsmouth)   3.45-4.15              COFFEE/TEA   4.15-5pm             Long Table (Chair: David Grant) An opportunity for a fluid exchange of responses to the ideas explored during the day

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