Theatre training can improve cognitive function and psychological wellbeing of older people

This research was conducted by Helga Noice, Tony Noice and Graham Staines at Elmhurst College, Indiana State University and National Development and Research Institutes, USA

Summary

This paper reports an experiment to investigate the benefits of an acting programme on the cognitive functioning and quality of life for elderly people in …

By | 10 April 2014 |

Theatre and performance can improve the social skills of 'at-risk' youth

This research was conducted by Robin Wright, Lindsay John, Ramona Alaggia, and Julia Sheel at McGill University and the University of Toronto, Canada [Now at the University of Windsor, Canada]

Summary

The paper reports the results of a substantial evaluation of a national arts education programme in Canada. The results suggest …

By | 10 April 2014 |

Arts organisations should not blindly adopt corporate management techniques

This research was conducted by Martin Beirne and Stephanie Knight at the University of Glasgow and Queen Margaret University College, UK

Summary

This paper took a critical look at the way in which management techniques from the private sector have infused arts organisations. The authors suggest that simply incorporating management practices …

By | 20 March 2014 |

Taking art online reaches a new audience and enhances the user experience

This research was conducted by Hasan Bakhshi and David Throsby at the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, UK and Macquarie University, Australia

Summary

This paper sets out a conceptual framework for understanding how new technologies are changing the way in which cultural organisations work. The research used this …

By | 20 March 2014 |

Word-of-mouth and reviews make the biggest difference to people’s theatre-going choices

This research was conducted by José María Grisolía and Ken Willis at Newcastle University, UK

Summary

The paper describes a study that examined how people in northeast England made decisions about what theatre performances to attend. Word-of-mouth and reviews were the most significant factors determining whether or not people chose to …

By | 16 March 2014 |

Education levels determine theatre attendance

This research was conducted by José María Grisolía, Ken Willis, Colin Wymer and Andrew Law at Newcastle University, UK

Summary

This paper reports a study that used box office data to compare areas in northeast England where regular theatregoers live with those with areas that have no theatre-going residents. By profiling …

By | 16 March 2014 |

Theatre programmes can increase children's maths ability

This research was conducted by Mike Fleming, Christine Merrell and Peter Tymms at the University of Durham, UK

Summary

The paper looks at a study conducted on schoolchildren who participated in the National Theatre’s ‘Transformation’ project: it took place in a deprived neighbourhood in east London and was designed to …

By | 16 March 2014 |

Theatre allows people to lose themselves for a moment, and find new ways of viewing the world

This research was conducted by Ben Walmsley at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK [Now at the University of Leeds, UK]

Summary

The paper looks at the intrinsic impact of theatre on its audiences. It does so in language used by audiences themselves. The research identified general themes of ‘emotion, captivation, engagement, enrichment …

By | 9 December 2013 |

Drama helps students work better in groups and solve problems

This research was conducted by James S. Catterall at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Summary

This paper describes an experiment conducted with children using drama to enhance the acquisition of a range of social skills. The results showed that students who participated in the programme had significantly increased perceptions …

By | 9 December 2013 |