A Theatre of Two Cities: Mapping the Relationship between Bristol Old Vic, London, the Regions and their Communities, from 1946 to the Present

Project Details

Description

The Bristol Old Vic theatre company was formed in 1946 as an offshoot of London’s Old Vic. The company has since experienced ongoing tensions between ‘local interests’ and the capital. Tracking evolving relationships between Bristol’s communities and the company from its launch to the present, this project explores how regional theatres balance national cultural policy with local identity. It studies three strands: 1) Regional Values: how a distinctly West of England identity was forged whilst adhering to London funders' requirements. 2) Heritage: how existing relationships with the historical Theatre Royal building were built upon and a sense of local 'ownership' developed. 3) Impact: how the region’s communities value and make use of the theatre today. The result will be a ‘deep map’ of Bristol Old Vic: locating the company within the building, the city, the West of England, and the UK. A significant record of how audience numbers are built and lost over time, this case study will demonstrate how theatres can reverse declining audiences by deepening regional community engagement.

Layman's description

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/09/168/09/20

Research Output

  • 3 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Authored book
  • 1 Editorial (Specialist Publication)

Challenges of cultural industry knowledge exchange in live performance audience research

Sedgman, K., 21 May 2019, In : Cultural Trends. 28, 2-3, p. 103-117 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    On Rigour in Theatre Audience Research

    Sedgman, K., 20 Dec 2019, In : Contemporary Theatre Review. 29, 4, p. 462-479 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    Meaningful Evaluation in the Performing Arts

    Kirsty Sedgman (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    13 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Fantastic! conference

    Kirsty Sedgman (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    25 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Migrating Texts

    Kirsty Sedgman (Invited speaker)

    17 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Prizes

    TaPRA Early Career Research Prize 2017

    Sedgman, Kirsty (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants