Future-forming interdisciplinary research

New Partnership with The Knotted Project Theatre Company


“We are so excited by this new partnership with ISF. Together, we will create a space to explore futures in a new way, challenging traditional methods through using theatre and arts based practices. This collaboration has such huge potential!” Simon McElligott, Co-Founder at The Knotted Project.

ISF are delighted to have agreed a programme of mutual support with local theatre company, The Knotted Project that extends to the end of 2020. The Knotted Project is a physical theatre company, established and directed by Simon McElligott and Natalie Morrell, that delivers workshops and produces shows particularly aimed at inspiring young people and disadvantaged groups to imagine different and better worlds. In 2018, the company ran a successful series of shared workshops with ISF researchers and LU students on the topics of work and friendship, leading to the production of The Commuters. Over the coming two years, the company will work with LU researchers to explore new ways of developing research ideas, using creative techniques both to think differently about the research design process and to involve different stakeholders in our work.

ISF Co-Director and theme lead for Creative Futures, Professor Rebecca Braun said, ‘This is a hugely exciting opportunity for researchers to break out of traditional habits of writing and presenting in lecture style and find new ways of connecting with people in disciplines, professions, or other sectors of society that might at first feel quite remote. Simon and Natalie have done some fabulous work in bringing people together to articulate some of the challenges we are all facing. We are delighted to be able to support more of this by providing direct access to some of the top research expertise in the broad area of social futures gathered here on campus and mixing things up a little!’

Shared workshops on the topics of Hope and Identity are currently being developed and delivered across the lent and summer terms. If you are interested in getting involved, either with these topics or with developing methods in creative futures more broadly, please drop a line to isf@lancaster.ac.uk.

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