2016, LICA, Lancaster University

My Ph.D proposed that by emplacing ‘missing’ life-events, for which traditional rites of passage or ceremonies do not exist, into a rural landscape scenographic-led walking-performance (applied scenography) can enable participants to reflect upon, re-image and transform, even in the smallest of ways, their relation to and understanding of that life-events. I argue that this ‘transformation’ is achieved through an applied use of the theoretical concept of the feminine (material) sublime, which she interpreted and evolved into six scenographic principles. I then exlore how I applied these principles to the creation and performing of The Gathering and Warnscale, which, I suggests, function as ‘socially engaged - applied - scenography’ that has therapeuctic outcomes. These two practice-as-research works formed part of my thesis.

Supervisors: Geraldine and Andrew Quick. 

External Examiner: Deirdre Heddon.

Internal Examiner: Sarah Case.