University of Leeds in collaboration with Blah Blah Blah

[In] Visible Identities: The Readman Lecture

Monday 19 November,

Alec Clegg Studio,


£Free entry

0113 343 8730 to reserve tickets

the role(s) of the artistic director in applied theatre-making

The lecture is offered in partnership with Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah. It will focus on the practice of artistic directors within UK applied theatre companies. ‘Applied theatre’ is defined as a process of devised theatre-making for specified participants, communities and locations.

The lecture will explore the following questions:

  • Is there a distinctive body of expertise required for applied theatre directing?
  • Are there significant influences on applied directorial identities?
  • What is the nature of directorial intervention in applied theatre-making?

The lecture will be supported with practical workshop techniques and strategies from rehearsal processes of five directors.  It will explore the extent to which Applied theatre directing is a process that retains discrete alternative practices and philosophies that define an alternative directorial model.

Geoff Readman

Dr Geoff Readman Cert.Ed., Adv. Diploma in Drama, M.A., PhD

Geoff Readman has worked extensively in drama and theatre as an actor-teacher, primary and secondary drama specialist, drama inspector and university lecturer. He is currently a freelance Consultant in Theatre and Drama Education. He has recently directed TiE programmes for Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah, Chengdu Playhouse  and for Language Alive at Birmingham Rep. In 1976, he founded the Wakefield Drama-in-Education Team. He then became county adviser for drama in Nottinghamshire before developing a Community Theatre Degree at Bishop Grosseteste University. From 1998, his work involved teacher training at Hong Kong University, where he became Visiting Professor of Drama. His international experiences have recently included various teacher training and TiE projects in India, Hong Kong, China and South Korea. He is currently a freelance Consultant in Theatre and Drama Education.

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