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‘Hope Appeared Like a Flash’: A Performance-Research Narrative of Passages Theatre Group

orcid-imageBridie Mooreemail-imageBridie Moore

Bridie Moore is former Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance, now Affiliate at the University of Huddersfield, and she occasionally lectures at the University of Leeds. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2018. Her research centres on the performance of age and ageing in contemporary British theatre. She won the Graduate Student Essay prize for the inaugural edition of Age, Culture, Humanities in 2014 and has since published widely on age in live performance. She is currently working on a monograph for Routledge, provisionally entitled ‘Performing Ageing Femininities’. ;

email-image bridiemoore@live.com

Abstract

This article explores the work of Passages, a group of performers aged 60 and over, with whom the author researched the performance of ageing and made performance work in an experimental, intimate and participative style. The aim was to investigate if performance could disrupt or ‘trouble’ (Butler 1990) notions of age and ageing, as well as to acknowledge normative constructions of the figure of the old person in Western culture. It describes techniques and insights drawn from the research and shows that these were discovered by engaging – through theatre practice – with age, performance and social theory. It is hoped that practitioners may adapt the pieces and methods for use in their own work. The article evidences audience reception, demonstrates methods of performance practice-as-research and offers insight into the value of the work for Age Studies.

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practice-as-researchageingperformanceAge StudiesPassagesparticipationaudience reception
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Published on: 10 August 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 2
Article ID: 197
Pages:197 - 220
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Moore (2023), ' ‘Hope Appeared Like a Flash’: A Performance-Research Narrative of Passages Theatre Group ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 2): 197 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s2.197

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‘Hope Appeared Like a Flash’: A Performance-Research Narrative of Passages Theatre Group

orcid-imageBridie Mooreemail-imageBridie Moore

Bridie Moore is former Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance, now Affiliate at the University of Huddersfield, and she occasionally lectures at the University of Leeds. She completed her AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2018. Her research centres on the performance of age and ageing in contemporary British theatre. She won the Graduate Student Essay prize for the inaugural edition of Age, Culture, Humanities in 2014 and has since published widely on age in live performance. She is currently working on a monograph for Routledge, provisionally entitled ‘Performing Ageing Femininities’. ;

email-image bridiemoore@live.com