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TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Prizewinners 2017

TaPRA is delighted to announce the details of the winning entries in this year’s Postgraduate Essay competition, decided by a panel led by Professor Joanne Tompkins of the University of Queensland.

We were hugely impressed this year by the range and level of postgraduate work across all disciplines of theatre and performance displayed by entrants to the competition, and would like to thank all those who took the time to send us their work. However we did have to make a choice, and our winners are as follows:

First prize is awarded to Catherine Sloan, PhD candidate at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, for her essay ‘Creating Spaces of Potentiality: Towards an Alternative Theoretical Framework for Applied Theatre Practice with People in Recovery From Addiction’. Professor Tompkins remarks that ‘This example of applied theatre is practitioner-led and seeks to build on the applied theatre theory ideas that through Hughes and Nicholson have developed. It also seeks to develop a better understanding of affect. It is well-contextualised and understands the potential limitations of applied theatre and is trying to do ensure that its practice is productive. It begins to build a good study of spatiality as well.’

Catherine’s essay will be considered for publication in a Routledge journal and she will also receive a choice of five free books from Manchester University Press and a year’s free membership of TaPRA.

The runner-up prize is awarded to Kirsty Surgey, WRoCAH PhD Candidate

The University of Sheffield, for her essay ‘A study of three works: What happens when Bobby Baker plays?’. Professor Tompkins felt that ‘ This essay was a delight to read: the author clearly loves the work of Baker and the sense of play that she performs. It clearly sets out a problem (play in the plays of Bobbie Baker), sticks to it, and ‘solves’ it.’

Kirsty receives a £70 voucher for Palgrave books from Palgrave.

The prizes will also be formally announced and celebrated at the TaPRA conference which is taking place in Salford from  30 August – 1 September 2017.

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