Collaborate project spotlight
Find out more about the research project between Big Telly Theatre Company and a research team from Manchester School of Theatre, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Centre of Deliberative Research at the National Centre of Social Research.
Granny Jackson’s Dead: Commemoration, Mourning, Performance and the Digital
Big Telly Theatre Company with Michael Pinchbeck, Josh Edelman and Kirsty Fairclough from Manchester Metropolitan University and Eleanor O’Keeffe from the Centre of Deliberative Research at the National Centre of Social Research
Exploring how we can use immersive theatre to look afresh at “arts-led dialogue”.
This partnership was awarded a research grant in June 2023 as part of the second round of funding of the Centre for Cultural Value’s Collaborate programme.
The fund looks to support innovative new partnerships between cultural sector practitioners and academics to explore under-explored questions around cultural value.
What will the project explore?
Northern Ireland-based Big Telly Theatre Company have partnered with researchers from Manchester Metropolitan University and the National Centre of Social Research to explore how we can use immersive theatre to look afresh at “arts-led dialogue”.
Big Telly’s creative practitioners and their academic partners, digital artists and deliberative practitioners will explore how theatre enables us to consider the psychological and social effects of digitising memory and memorialisation.
The project will demonstrate theatre’s cultural value in generating robust, consensual evidence to address societal challenges and enable oversight of technology.