Blood, Sweat & Theory: Research Through Practice in Performance

John Freeman

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Practice-based research is the default approach to postgraduate activity in Drama, Theatre and Performance. Yet it is only recently beginning to yield any rigorous theory-based guides for researchers, practitioners, supervisors and mentors. As a major contribution to the field this book is a vital ‘How To’ (and ‘How Not To’) guide, which identifies the features, attitudes, principles and skills of practice-based research across a range of countries and contexts, forms and applications …including a number of successful PhD projects. Blood, Sweat & Theory reviews research-informed practice and practice-informed research in sections which: analyse key concepts; locate practice-based research within historical, aesthetic and educational settings; challenge received ideas of practice as thesis; distinguish research from reflection and feelings from findings; push practice-based research into new areas of critical inquiry; and suggest strategies from first proposal through to submission. The book includes extensively written case studies of projects from Hala Al-Yamani, Annette Arlander, Johannes Birringer, Elena Cologni, Robert Germay, Helka-Maria Kinnunen, Yves Knockaert, Lee Miller, Felix Nobis, Allan Owens, Helen Paris, Yoni Prior, Leena Rouhiainen, and Joanne ’Bob’ Whalley.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages304
ISBN (Print)9781907471049, 1907471049
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


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