Making Theatre in a Time of Covid

Grant number: COV19\200383

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Key facts

  • Disease

  • Known Financial Commitments (USD)

  • Funder

    British Academy
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    The Open University, Classical Studies
  • Research Category

    Secondary impacts of disease, response & control measures

  • Research Subcategory

    Other secondary impacts

  • Special Interest Tags


  • Study Subject


  • Clinical Trial Details


  • Broad Policy Alignment


  • Age Group

    Not Applicable

  • Vulnerable Population

    Not applicable

  • Occupations of Interest

    Not applicable


This project investigates the role of performance arts at a time when conventional performance is not possible. It will use a small group of artists as a microcosm of the sector, to research what is lost when live performance cannot take place, and what the benefits to the public are of seeking new ways to recreate it in a form compatible with social distancing. The PI will work in close collaboration with a small group of theatremakers with different types of expertise. They will devise and deliver two different models of socially distanced performance, and seek feedback from an audience as to their impact and benefit. A workshop at the end of the project's lifespan will allow these models to be showcased more widely to other academics and practitioners, and will allow the sharing of good practice for how live creative work can be made in this period.