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Professor Rebecca Loukes

Public engagement

Impact and public engagement is at the heart of my work with RedCape Theatre both in the award-winning material that we take to new audiences drawing on challenging true stories (women and mental health, coastal erosion, dementia and bereavement) and also through work in schools around the UK to develop (Key Stage 4 and 5) drama and devising skills drawn from this research.  I have created innovative Education Resource Packs to be used by teachers and RedCape’s work has been used in the GCSE curriculum in schools in the South-East of England.

I am also working on the international ArtsCross project: an initiative which brings together academics and artists across cultural, national and artistic borders, led by ResCen at Middlesex University, and working with partners including Beijing Dance Academy, Taipei National University of the Arts, Hong Kong Academy of the Performing ArtsQMUL as well as UK arts partners Sadler’s Wells, Step Out Arts and The Place.

This work has been used as a RCUK case study ‘Shaping the Future: UK-China Collaborative Research’, 2016 and a CBI Case Study ‘Bridges to the Future: The Role of Universities in the UK-China Relationship’, 2017.

My work was submitted as part of one of the Impact Case Studies REF2014 for Drama ‘Intercultural Performer Training and Performance’

Contribution to discipline

  • Co-editing (with Dr Maria Kapsali, University of Leeds) Perspectives on Performer Training Book Series (Routledge).
  • Associate Editor, Routledge journal of Theatre, Dance and Performer Training, (2008-present).
  • Invited assessor of AHRC grant applications.
  • Member of TaPRA (Performer Training Working Group).
  • Subject External Examiner, University of Plymouth (2016-20).
  • Internal Examiner for 6 Phd projects.

I have also organised three international conferences/symposia, regularly host international practitioners in Drama and review book proposals for publishers such as Routledge and Palgrave Macmillan.


Awards and Selected Press for RedCape Theatre work

·         Scotsman Fringe First for Innovation and New Writing 2008

·         Total Theatre Award for Best Visual Theatre 2008

·         Finalist Carole Tambor, New York Award (last 4) 2008

·         Finalist Holden Street Theatres, Adelaide Award (last 2) 2008

·         Finalist Amnesty International Freedom of Speech Award (last 5) 2008

 ‘Luminous… ravishing… one to catch before it slips away’ The Guardian

‘An affecting, humorous piece of physical theatre… an excellent vehicle for the company’s founding members.’ The Times

‘Endlessly inventive ... thoroughly disquieting. It's stunning; you can't help but catch your breath’ Metro

‘Proving the power of physical theatre’ The List

‘A delicate work of damaged poetry and slow-moving grace… a remarkable debut’ The Herald