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Dr Mary Richards

Dr Mary Richards
Associate Dean / Reader - Theatre

Gaskell Building 108

Research area(s)

  • Dr Jo Cole, a particle physicist from the College of Engineering Design and Physical Sciences (CEDPS). and I were recently funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (2015-2017) to develop a pilot project entitled The Elusive Ms Higgs: a detective fiction of elementary truths which sought to investigate the use of immersive theatre practice as a tool to engage school pupils with the particle physics associated with the discovery of the Higgs boson.

  • I have published papers and articles on live art and performance. Most recently, a article which considers, Tino Sehgal's approach to producing without producing objects: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/chor/2017/00000008/00000002/art00002#

    A fully revised and updated second edition of my monograph on Marina Abramović (Routledge) will be published later this year.

  • Art and participatory practice
  • Durational performance
  • The performative body in extremis
  • Outreach performance and the communication of science
  • The performance of democracy and democratic processes

Research Interests

My research interests include a concern with the performance body in extremis, the politics of participatory practice, live art and representation. I would be happy to hear from potential research students with corresponding interests.

Research grants and projects

Research Projects