Practice as research

Stephen Hodge and Cathy Turner 
Co-founders of Wrights & Sites


A curated season of work for the Belluard Bollwerk International Festival, Fribourg, Switzerland, (2008) where Wrights & Sites were curators and mentors to artists, also installing a ‘Mis-information Centre’ and delivering talks and a performance lecture.

'Everything you need to build a town is here'

Public art installation by Wrights & Sites at Weston-super-Mare in 2010, curated by Situations, Bristol, with Field Arts Projects. Funded by CABE. See This comprises over 40 textual signs situated across the town and beyond. Each sign invites the walker to think about their own relationship to architecture. Hodge has a related publication in press.

'Ambulant Architectures'

Wrights & Sites artwork and presentation, commissioned by Sideways Festival, Belgium. August-Sept 2012. This comprised portable architectures for transportation and use between festival ‘nodes’.

Supporting publications/papers:

  • Turner, 'Spatial Planning and Mis-Guidance: Dramaturgies of Public Space', (2010), Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp.150-162.
  • Turner and Hodge, ‘The International Festival and the City Space: The Dramaturgy of the Local’, Ghent University, ‘Relational Dramaturgies’, March, 2012

Stephen Hodge

'2ND LIVE: exploring live performance in the Second Life® world'

A curated programme of commissioned works and 'Scratch' events in Second Life. Curated, produced and mentored by Hodge, funded by Arts Council England, hosted by Exeter Phoenix. Commissioned works: 'Third Life' (October 2007) - with Richard DeDomenici; 'Viral Duets' (February 2008) - with choreographer Niki McCretton and National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University; 'A Study in Reflexive Architecture' (December 2008) - with architect Jon Brouchoud, USA; 'The Second Death of Caspar Helendale' (December 2008) - with composer Jessica Curry and games researcher Dan Pinchbeck, University of Portsmouth - reworked (November 2009) for Royal Opera House's 'Firsts' season of new and challenging works.

'Longshore Drift'

Opening event at AHRC-funded Living Landscapes (an international conference on performance, landscape and environment – 18-21 June 2009). A six-hour practiced walking manifesto between the Ynyslas spit and Aberystwyth. Co-created with Simon Persighetti.

Supporting publications/papers/events:

  • Hodge, Stephen, '2ND LIVE: Shaping Space and Event in a Virtual World', Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 20, no. 2, 2010, 223-232.
  • Hodge, Stephen, papers at: PSi#14 conference, University of Copenhagen (August 2008); 'Site - Art - Audience' symposium, Tramway, Glasgow (September 2008); 'Performing Presence: from the live to the simulated' conference, University of Exeter (March 2009); TaPRA conference, University of Plymouth (September 2009); 'International Conference on Adaptive Architecture', Building Centre, London (March 2011); 'From Black Box to Second Life: Theatre and Performance in Virtual Worlds' symposium, University of Hull (May 2011); 'Symposium on the Dramaturgies of Telematic Theatre', CSSD (June 2011).
  • Hodge, Stephen, SLaaristokaupunki, ANTI Festival, Kuopio, Finland (September 2009). Commissioned work by Hodge exploring walking practices in Real and Second Life.
  • Hodge, Stephen, Avatartist 2.0 (August 2008) - three-day, KT workshop.

Rebecca Loukes 

'The Idiot Colony Project'

A Practice as Research project exploring approaches to contemporary physical theatre training and devising through the creation, performance and reflection upon a piece of ensemble theatre.  Loukes co-created and performed the The Idiot Colony with RedCape Theatre (she is co-founder and co-artistic director).
96 public performances were given 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).
Awards: Scotsman Fringe First for Innovation and New Writing 2008, Total Theatre Award for Best Visual Theatre 2008

1 Beach Road 

1 Beach Road is a Practice-as-Research Project exploring approaches to researching and portraying issues of climate change on stage. RedCape Theatre (Loukes is co-director of the company) which tours the UK 2011-2012. Loukes was dramaturg for the project.

Supporting Publications:

  • Loukes, R ‘Towards a Syncretic Ensemble?: RedCape Theatre’s The Idiot Colony’ chapter in Britton, J (ed.) Encountering Ensemble, London: Bloomsbury (US) – Methuen (UK), forthcoming, 2013.
  • Loukes, R ‘Gesture and Physical Theatres: Histories and Practices’ in Zarrilli, Daboo and Loukes Acting: Embodiment, Phenomenon, Process: Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, 2013.

Cathy Turner 

'Writing Space'

Funded by AHRC, a practical research project investigating new dramaturgical processes aimed at writers across performance forms.

Supporting publications:

  • Turner, C. (Ed) special issue of Studies in Theatre and Performance 30.1, (2010) which documents the project.
  • Turner, C. 'Something to Glance Off: Writing Space' (2009), Journal for Writing in Creative Practice, volume 2, no. 2, pp.217-230.

Phillip Zarrilli 

'Told By The Wind'

Co-creator/performer. Produced by The Llanarth Group (Phillip Zarrilli, Artistic Director). Funded by Arts Council of Wales, AHRC Practice-led research grant. Performances at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; Tanzfabrik, Berlin; Exeter Phoenix; The Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw (Poland); The Dance Center, Chicago (USA) as part of Chicago Theatre Symposium 2011. On tour 29 Jan 2010 - 11 May 2011, continuing on tour in 2013.

For press and reviews please visit Phillip Zarrilli's website.

'The Echo Chamber'

Produced by The Llanarth Group (Phillip Zarrilli, Artistic Director); Co-created by Kaite O’Reilly, Peader Kirk, Ian Morgan, and Phillip Zarrilli. 27 January-4 February, 2012, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. Supported by Arts Council of Wales.

Supporting publications:

  • Zarrilli, P, ‘“…presence…” as a question and emergent possibility: a case-study from the performer’s perspective’, in Archeologies of Presence: acting, performance, being. Editors: Giannachi G, Kaye N, Shanks M. Routledge, London 2011
  • Zarrilli, P, ‘Altering consciousness in performance east and west’, in Altering Consciousness, Volume 1: Multidisciplinary Perspectives: History, Culture, and the HumanitiesEditors: Cardena E, Winkleman M. 1. Praeger Publishers and ABC-Clio 2011.