Research in Theatre Studies and Dance

Laura Haughey

Dr. Laura Haughey’s research is in the area of inclusive theatre practice, examining and creating sites of cross cultural and cross linguistic exchange, by creating original theatre productions that are accessible to both Deaf and hearing audiences.

Laura is artistic director for the award winning theatre company Equal Voices Arts, which have toured nationally and internationally with ground breaking original theatre works in New Zealand Sign Language and spoken English. She has recently published on the use of Signed Languages on stage in Performance Research journal.

Another specialism is investigating psychophysical training for performers, with a focus on proprioception and body awareness. Laura has a book chapter forthcoming which will soon be published in ‘Body and Awareness’ (Triarchy Press).

Declan Patrick

Dr. Declan Patrick’s research works across the academic disciplines of Dance, Theatre, Performance Studies and Cultural Studies to engage in discourse around representation, identity and performance. This is tied into representations of the nation state, and popular culture.

Declan engages in practice-as-research, and practice-led research, which means research outputs can take the form of a range of cultural artefacts, including performance, installation, traditional academic writing and discipline-specific writing.

Recent completed projects include directing and producing the musical Cabaret (Liverpool Hope University 2019), giving the keynote for the International Conference on Research in Social Sciences and Humanities 2019 (Rome), Performing in the Cornerstone International Festival, Liverpool, 2018 (Bum Dance as Drag alter ego Professor Helen Heels). Recent writing includes the book chapter National Identity in Philippine Folk Dance: Changing focus from the Cariñosa, to Tinikling.

Declan directs the performance company Fighting Fit Productions, which has staged original works across New Zealand, the UK, Spain, China and the Philippines.

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