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Andrew Latimer

Andrew Latimer

Doctoral Student in Literature.

Supervisors: Dr Helen Freshwater and Dr Alex Niven
 
Research Project Title: Contemporary Theatre in North East England 2016-19

Brief Outline of Research Project:

My research examines the contemporary theatrical culture of the North East of England using four case studies from across the region – two amateur and two professional. In each chapter, I respond to a particular term that each theatre company uses to characterise their work. I examine these terms in relation to one theatrical production made by each theatre company during the 2017/18 theatre calendar, and in doing so intervene in a number of ongoing debates regarding contemporary performance, regional theatre, heritage, spectatorship, and amateur/professional theatre cultures.

I consider how November Club’s production of Beyond the End of the Road performs its framing as ‘authentic’; how Live Theatre’s production of The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes performs its framing as ‘contemporary’; how Darlington Operatic Society’s production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert performs its framing as ‘lavish’; and how the People’s Theatre’s production of HEATON! performs it framing as ‘official’.

Research Interests:

  • Contemporary performance
  • Popular performance
  • Regional theatre
  • Theatre historiography
  • Class
  • Spectatorship
  • Amateur theatre heritage
  • Rural/urban theatre cultures
Contemporary Theatre in North East England 2016-19

Research Interests:

  • Contemporary performance
  • Popular performance
  • Regional theatre
  • Theatre historiography
  • Class
  • Spectatorship
  • Amateur theatre heritage
  • Rural/urban theatre cultures

Placements and Funding

  • Research Excellence Academy scholarship

Memberships

  • Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA)
  • North East Labour History Society

Outreach Projects

  • People’s Theatre and Shoe Tree Arts – Blue Plaque for Florence Bell
  • November Club – Rural Touring Musical in Northumberland

Academic Background:

  • MA World Politics and Popular Culture, Newcastle University
  • BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Arts, Queen Margaret University

Website:

  • https://andrewlatimer.com
  • https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewjlatimer/