Headphone Verbatim in UK City of Culture evaluation practices: Exploring 'Evaluative Performance'

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


    UK Cities of Culture are lauded for their potential to make 'radical change' to host cities. However, as the long-term impacts of past UK Cities of Culture are coming to light, the 'radical change' promised may not turn out to be as effective as advertised. The ability to track the impacts associated with UKCC programmes has been exemplified by two large-scale evaluation projects, with a third in progress as Coventry hosts its titular year. In all these cases, the theatre arts are noticeably absent from the roster of methods used to identify indicators of social change. In this workshop, I invite you to explore 'Evaluative Performance', a performance technique which forms part of the original contribution of my PhD research. I will invite participants to try out the headphone verbatim performance technique and 'take on' my research participants' voices (if you feel like it!), and experiment and reflect on headphone verbatim performance and its applicability as an arts-based research dissemination method and approach.
    Period19 May 2022
    Event titleConvergence; Creative Cultures Conference 2022
    Event typeConference
    LocationCoventry, United KingdomShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionLocal


    • Culture
    • Theatre
    • Methods
    • participatory research