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LICA Research Seminar: Rebecca Prichard on Creating Alternative Realities: Applied Drama and Playwriting with Females Survivors of Violence

Date: 27 April 2010 Time: 5.30 - 7pm in The Playroom, Great Hall Complex

Venue: Nuffield Theatre

Rebecca Prichard (LICA, Lancaster University),Creating Alternative Realities: Applied Drama and Playwriting with Female Survivors of Violence.

Rebecca Prichard is a playwright and AHRC funded Creative Research Fellow at Lancaster University researching ways in which creative writing and drama can support women in recovery from social, domestic or institutional violence. In this capacity she has run writing workshops with Women's Aid, Clean Break Theatre Company, in schools, with ex-offenders and in three different women's prisons.

In the talk Rebecca will discuss her practice, the ethics of working with vulnerable groups of marginalized women, and the problems and possibilities of exploring trauma with survivors, through creative writing and drama.

This research seminar will be illustrated with excerpts from Rebecca's new play Pornography etc, developed as part of her fellowship. These rehearsed readings of excerpts will be performed by a cast of Theatre Studies students.

Rebecca has written two plays about violence during her fellowship. She will also discuss issues concerning the role of dramatic form in challenging the construction and maintenance of gender stereotypes, the representation of female survivors of violence, and representation of violence itself, in her plays. She will further address the ethics of carrying out research for her writing.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for the Advanced Study of Contemporary Performance Practice, Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts


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