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Andrew Latimer

Andrew Latimer

Research project title

‘Beyond 'Geordie-rama: Theatre and Performance in North East England, 2017-18’


Dr Helen Freshwater and Dr Alex Niven

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Research interests

  • contemporary performance
  • popular performance
  • regional theatre
  • theatre historiography
  • class
  • spectatorship
  • amateur Theatre Heritage
  • rural/urban theatre cultures
Andrew Latimer

A brief outline of my 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 activities

My academic background

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