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Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Duckie in the Community [Deadline passed]

Applications are invited for an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with Duckie on 'Duckie in the Community' [The deadline for applications has now passed].

25 March 2014




Department of Drama, School of English and Drama and


Duckie in the Community: Performance, Audience and Social Engagement

This Collaborative Doctoral Award offers an exciting opportunity to pursue a fully funded PhD with a leading international centre for research in socially engaged performance with one of London’s most innovative performance companies.

Project Description

This project focuses on the ‘social turn’ in contemporary performance in the wake of the proliferation of participatory arts practices in the 1990s, focused on a case study of Duckie, a London-based performance collective. Created in 1995 in the context of emergent queer movements, Duckie produce interactive audience experiences that combine popular forms – music, comedy, cabaret and clubbing – with experimental performance. Duckie has also collaborated with community arts organisations and groups and run projects using non-institutionalised art therapy. Duckie’s interactive participatory performance projects are increasingly driven by a desire to engage audiences in addition to its core lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) constituency, especially with respect to socially marginalised groups (e.g. older working class people; people with alcohol and drug addictions; people who are homeless or vulnerably housed). The diversity of Duckie’s work in terms of form and audience affords an excellent opportunity to investigate socially engaged performance practices in relation to the social and cultural contexts in which it is produced (e.g. LGBTQ politics and histories, poverty, addiction, aging, geography), its impact on audiences, and trends in applied, community and socially engaged performance, and criticism.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Catherine Silverstone at Queen Mary and Simon Casson and Dicky Eton at Duckie.

The award will commence on or around 22 September 2014.

For further particulars about the project and the requirements of the statement of purpose, proposal, writing sample and advice on selecting referees and submitting references, please click here [DOC 135KB].

Application Deadline

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm, Wednesday 30 April 2014.


It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Tuesday 20 May or Wednesday 21 May 2014.



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