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Professor Rebecca Loukes

Research through practice

As a scholar-practitioner, I undertake professional level Practice as Research working with award-winning company RedCape Theatre  The work is strongly industry and public facing. For example, The Idiot Colony played more than 30 theatres, on a 96-date tour, including the Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, Warwick Arts Centre and Plymouth Theatre Royal.  The show was awarded a Scotsman Fringe First and Total Theatre Award for Visual Theatre in 2008.  It is currently being used in the GCSE Drama curriculum in schools in the South-East of England. 


Be Brave and Leave for the Unknown (2014-2016)

This touring production is an ACE and REACH funded Practiceas Research Project exploring approaches to contemporary performer training and performance through the creation, realisation and interdisciplinary reflection upon a piece of ensemble theatre Be Brave and Leave for the Unknown. I co-directed the piece.

Outputs: Professional performances throughout the UK, conference paper (2016), Education Resource Pack for teachers (2016) script (2016) article (forthcoming 2018), book (Loukes 2019).

‘Moving and captivating’ British Theatre Guide


1 Beach Road (2010-2013)

1 Beach Road by RedCape Theatre was an ACE funded Practice-as-Research Project exploring approaches to researching and portraying issues of climate change and dementia on stage, which toured the UK in 2011-2012.  I was Dramaturg for the project.

Outputs: Professional performances throughout the UK, script (2016).

‘Thoughtful, unsettling and beautifully conceived’ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


The Idiot Colony Project (2008-2013)

I co-created and performed the award winning The Idiot Colony with RedCape Theatre. 96 public performances in 2008 and 2009 across the UK (venues included ICA as part of invited participation in London International Mime Festival, Warwick Arts Centre, Birmingham Rep, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Tron Glasgow).

Outputs: Professional performances, co-authored book (2013a), book chapters (2013b and 2014) and conference presentations.  REF2014 submission.

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


The Gindler Project (2003-2008)

All the elements of The Gindler Project were driven by one main research question: How can understanding of the practice of German body awareness pioneer Elsa Gindler (1885-1961) and her influence on contemporary training, performance and theories of performance be developed? 

Outputs: journal articles (Loukes, 2006, 2007a and 2007b), performance, conference papers. RAE 2008 submission.