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Charlie Ingram

Doctoral Researcher, AFHEA, Master of Research, Directing and Dramaturgy

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PhD Project

PhD Titile: Coventry City of Culture 2021 through a Verbatim Theatre lens; A study into Civic Pride

In partnership with Warwick University, my study will investigate the cause and effect that the UK City of Culture trust’s work may have on the perceived level of civic pride amongst residents of Coventry. 

Evaluation reports and studies into past UK City of Culture programmes have been primarily located in disciplines such as Sociology, Geography, Anthropology and Economics. Of these, the majority have used quantitative methods with a small number of qualitative studies. Further, of these qualitative studies, key stakeholders appear to be the focus of study, when community participants and the lay public are rarely given a voice. To date there is virtually no arts-based practice as research studies that explore the impact of UK City of Culture programme activities on the host cities residents.

This PhD project responds directly to that gap in knowledge by aiming to generate a research design that uses Headphone Verbatim Theatre as a method to generate data for analysis, of which the subject matter is solely on residents of the host city. The predominant aim of this study is to follow the work of the Coventry City of Culture trust and their producing team. Examining by way of case-study, projects that may lead to a shift in the perspectives of Coventry residents' sense of civic pride.

Research Interests

Verbatim Theatre Practice

Directing Practice

Theatre Practices and training methods of Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart

Well versed in the plays of Samuel Beckett, Martin Crimp and Mark Ravenhill.

Biography

Charlie Ingram is a researcher, theatre director, film maker and producer. He began his PhD in May 2019 with Coventry University Centre for Dance Research investigating theatre in relation to evaluating Coventry UK City of Culture 2021. His practice specialism is predominantly Verbatim Theatre and the acting practices of Tadashi Suzuki and Anne Bogart. Charlie is a leading voice in the AHRC funded joint City of Culture PGR research network and has worked on a number of projects promoting equality and fair treatment of those working in the arts sectors. In 2012 he completed a BA(Hons) in Drama at MMU-Cheshire and in 2017 an MRes in Directing and Dramaturgy at the University of Birmingham. He has taught at Coventry University, MMU-Cheshire and Rugby College as a director-teacher as part of the institution’s theatre performance degree programmes. He has previously worked at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry where he helped to facilitate the Community Engagement group during the Coventry UK City of Culture Bid process. He also manages his own theatre company; New Project Theatre which focusses on new writing and the development of new and emerging arts professionals.

Education/Academic qualification

Theatre & Performance Studies, MA, University of Birmingham

Sep 2015Jul 2017

Award Date: 13 Jul 2017

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