PPi Distinguished Speaker Event: Jenny Hughes, Manchester
Jenny Hughes’ research interests include: the histories of theatre, performance and poverty; contemporary theatre practice and economic justice; activist theatre and protest performance; applied theatre and performance, especially with young people living with risk; and research methodologies in applied theatre and theatre studies. Her most recent funded research project was an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship exploring theatre, performance and economic precarity (2014 – 2016). This research examined the relationships between theatre and poverty across various historical and geographical junctures, with a starting point of the New Poor Law (1834).
Publications include: a collection of essays edited with Helen Nicholson, Critical Perspectives in Applied Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2016); a monograph, Performance in a time of terror (Manchester University Press, 2011); and a co-authored book (with James Thompson and Michael Balfour) Performance in place of war (Seagull/Chicago, 2009), alongside various journal articles, research reports and book chapters.