Dr Joanna Bucknall BA (Hons), MA, PhD, PGCTLHE & Fellow of the HEA

Dr Joanna Bucknall

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts
Lecturer

Contact details

Address
The Old Library (SOVAC)
998 Bristol Road
Selly Oak
Birmingham
B29 6LG

I am a theatre practitioner- scholar whose research interests include immersive performance practices, live art, practice-as-research, performance documentation and cognitive approaches to reception theory. I am the artistic director of Vertical Exchange Performance Collective (VEX), co-artistic director of KeepHouse Performance and an Associate Artist at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.

Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority
  • PGCLTHE
  • PhD
  • MA Theatre Today
  • BA (Hons) 1st Class in Drama & Theatre

Biography

Since completing my PhD at the University of Winchester in 2011 I have been concerned with exploring, making and understanding work that includes its audiences in fundamental ways. I have collaborated with The Barbican in Plymouth, Camden People’s Theatre, The Basement in Brighton, Performing Arts Centre Lincoln, the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth, ArtReach UK, the British Red Cross, Coastguard Studio, Big Adventures and Battersea Arts Centre. I am concerned with exploring work that includes its audiences in fundamental ways.

Teaching

  • Theatre Practice
  • Writing for Performance
  • Performance Text Workshop
  • Performance Project

I am the convenor for Applied Theatre

Postgraduate supervision

Balça, Jorge (2017 completed), ‘When a Voice Is Not Enough: the existentialist opera performer as auteur’, PhD Thesis, Portsmouth, UK: University of Portsmouth. I was the second supervisor offering support on PaR methodologies and documentation.

Smith, Victoria (expected completion 2019), ‘Painting on film: An interdisciplinary and performative exploration of Stan Brakhage’s hand-painted films’. PhD Thesis, Portsmouth, UK: University of Portsmouth. I am the second supervisor offering support on embodied and phenomenological methodologies and performative documentation.

Hayes, Laura, (Expected completion 2018). ‘Relationship between devised theatre and written performance script in the UK’, MA by Research at the University of Birmingham. I am the second supervisor, offering expertise in PaR and phenomenological methodologies.

Research

My primary research interests are in the following areas: production and reception theory of experimental contemporary performance; specifically, immersive, one on one, micro performance & participative dramaturgies. I am interested in explicating the nature of risk and investment in such dramaturgies and the implications of that upon the nature of the audience’s role. Practice as research (PaR) in performance that interrogates the nature of the audience in liminal spaces through liminoid acts and invitations. PaR theory, specifically the documentation of PaR through performative and intermediality. I am also concerned with exploring performative ways to document and archive a variety of localised histories and heritage. I have been working as a practice –based scholar since 2006 and in that time, I have produced PaR projects with both of my companies.

At present, I am developing and securing funding for an international immersive performance network, (IPN) in collaboration with Battersea Arts Centre and Dr Adam Alston at the University of Surrey.

VEX is currently developing an ethical performance game called Corpus Quod in collaboration with ArtReach UK.

I am writing my first monograph for Palgrave Macmillan titled: The Role of Serious Play in Immersive Theatre and Micro-Performance: Liminoid Invitations & Liminoid Acts.

Other activities

I am the producer and host of a monthly podcast series called Talking About Immersive Theatre (TAIT), where I travel around the UK meeting immersive theatre makers, producers and performers in their natural habitats to chat with them about all things immersive.

https://www.joannabucknall.co.uk/podcasts

@taitpodcast

Founded by me in 2005, Vertical Exchange. (VEX) is a performance collective. Nigel Tuttle, Kirsty Mills and myself are the core members but we collaborate with a range of different artists, makers and practitioners depending on the project. We make work that is audience-centric; immediate, intimate and interactive.

https://www.vexperformance.co.uk/

VEX Twitter @PlaywithMeART 

KeepHouse Performance are a PaR company that seek to interrogate autobiography and heritage; particularly in relation to female representation and domesticity. KeepHouse Performance is a company that explores contemporary issues through interdisciplinary approaches. We are keen to record and document our processes in innovative and interactive ways. KeepHouse Performance was founded in 2011 by me and Dr Karen Savage.

http://www.keephouseperformance.org/

UoB Admin role: Staff student committee liaison for Theatre Arts.

I am a member of TaPRA & IFTR.

Publications

  • Bucknall, J. & Sedgman, K. (2017) 'Documenting Audience Experience: Social Media as Lively Stratification’, in Sant, T. (Ed). Documenting Performance: The Context and Process of Digital Curation and Archiving, London: Bloomsbury.
  • Bucknall, Joanna J. Dr (2017) "The "Reflective Participant," "(Remember)ing" and "(Remember)ance": A (Syn)aesthetic Approach to the Documentation of Audience Experience," PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research: Vol. 1: Iss. 2, Article 6.
  • Bucknall J. (2016) ‘Liminoid Invitations & Liminoid Acts: The role of ludic strategies & tropes in immersive and micro-performance dramaturgies’ in Performance Research, Volume 21, Issue 4: Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd for ARC.
  • Bucknall, J. (2014) ‘RAISING THE RUINS: (RE) ENACTMENT AND REMEMBERING AS A MODE OF DOCUMENTATION’, Dec Issue, Vol 2, Approaching Documentation, Felt Acts. http://feltacts.com/approaching-documentation-2/
  • Bucknall, J. (2013) ‘You, Hope, Her & Me: liminoid invitations and liminoid act’s’, 4.1 Performing Ethos: One-on-One Encounters: Desire, Reciprocity and Ethics, An International Journal of Ethics in Theatre and Performance.
  • Bucknall, J. ‘Book Review: Making a Performance: Devising Histories and Contemporary Practices’ in Platform Online Postgraduate Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2, Receiving Reception, Autumn 2007, Pgs 90-3.