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Helena Enright

Helena Enright

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Personal statement

I joined Bath Spa University in September 2014 as a lecturer in drama.

I have been working professionally as a freelance theatre practitioner since 2001 in a variety of roles including actor, director, playwright and producer. I have also taught and facilitated on a wide variety of outreach, community and school projects both in Ireland and the UK.

In 2014, I wrote and performed a one-woman testimony play called The River. It was based on people's experiences and memories of the River Shannon in Limerick. The play was performed on an 80ft Barge on the River Shannon in August 2014 for three weeks as part of Limerick City of Culture and a special performance was streamed live to Coogan's Bar in New York.

In 2012 I co-wrote and directed The Exeter Blitz Project with Dr Jessica Beck which was performed at the Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter and received Arts Council England funding to stage a remount in 2013.

In 2011 I completed a practice-led PhD at the University of Exeter on the staging of testimony in theatre particularly from the perspective of the practicing playwright. As part of my PhD I wrote and directed three plays - Walking Away (2007), Winner of Best Production, Belltable Unfringed Festival - 2007 and Best Play, Midwest Arts Media and Culture Awards - 2008, Under Pressure (2008) and Aquéro (2010).

In 2005 I completed an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies at University College Cork and focused in particular on documentary theatre. For my thesis I wrote a play called Less Than A Year, a documentary play about an Irish couple who lost their teenage daughter to a rare form of cancer, called Ewing's Sarcoma. The play was first produced by Island Theatre Company in Limerick in June 2006 and I was nominated for a Stewart Parker Award.

I am also a founder member of Irish-based theatre company Amalgamotion and have produced, directed, wrote and performed on several shows.

Prior to 2001, I was a senior project manager for an event management company based in Limerick, Ireland. During this time I designed and co-ordinated a number of projects including corporate social and teambuilding events and PR and Marketing campaigns.

My research interests include documentary, social, political, community and youth theatre with particular emphasis on oral history, biography, testimony, narrative and performance.

Academic qualifications

  • BA University of Limerick
  • MA University College Cork
  • PhD University of Exeter.

Professional qualifications

  • PhD Performance Practice in Drama, University of Exeter, (2011)
  • MA Drama and Theatre Studies, University College Cork, (2004)
  • BA in Public Administration, University of Limerick, (1997).

Professional memberships

  • Oral History Society UK
  • Oral History Network of Ireland.

Teaching specialism

  • Drama and Acting Skills
  • Documentary Performance
  • Research Skills.

Research and academic outputs

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The Exeter blitz project: a testimony play
book

Beck, J and Enright, H (2013) The Exeter blitz project: a testimony play. Short Run Press, Exeter.


'Letting it breathe': writing and performing the words of others
article

Enright, H (2011) ''Letting it breathe': writing and performing the words of others.' Studies in Theatre and Performance, 31 (2). pp. 181-192. ISSN 1468-2761


The Exeter Blitz Project: staging memories of war
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Enright, H (2018) The Exeter Blitz Project: staging memories of war. In: IOHA 2018 Memory & Narration, The XX International Oral History Association Conference, 18 - 21 June 2018, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.


The teachers’ story – listening to educators
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Beynon, A and Enright, H (2016) The teachers’ story – listening to educators. In: The 10th Anniversary Keele Counselling Qualitative Research Conference: The Creative Researcher, 7 - 8 May 2016, Keele University, Keele, UK.


Theatre of testimony: turning qualitative enquiry into theatre
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Enright, H (2015) Theatre of testimony: turning qualitative enquiry into theatre. In: Public Engagement & Performance Conference, 20 - 21 March 2015, The Early Music Centre, University of York, York, UK.


The role of artist as citizen
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Woods, V, Osborne, N, Enright, H and Ó Conchúir, F (2014) The role of artist as citizen. In: Academy 20: Convocation Between the Poetic and the Practical, 14 -16 November 2014, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.


Staging testimony: extending beyond the bounds of performance
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Enright, H (2014) Staging testimony: extending beyond the bounds of performance. In: Learning Together International Conference: Museums and Cities of Culture for All, 11 -13 September 2014, Absolute Hotel, Limerick, Ireland.


Turning qualitative enquiry into theatre
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Enright, H (2014) Turning qualitative enquiry into theatre. In: 8th Keele Counselling Conference: Daring to Make an Impact - Dynamic Qualitative Research, 22 -23 March 2014, Keele University, Keele, UK.


Real words from real people: why theatre matters?
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Enright, H and Beck, J (2013) Real words from real people: why theatre matters? In: Viva Voce Residency, 26 November - 14 December 2013, The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, UK.


Staging data: turning qualitative inquiry into theatre
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Enright, H (2013) Staging data: turning qualitative inquiry into theatre. In: Qualitative and Ethnographic Research (QER): Sharing and Shaping Pedagogies – Learning Through Doing, 10 May 2013, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.


Breaking the silence and bearing witness to domestic violence through theatre of testimony
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Enright, H (2007) Breaking the silence and bearing witness to domestic violence through theatre of testimony. In: ISTR Conference, 13 -14 April 2007, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland.


Theatre of testimony: a practice-led investigation into the role of staging testimony in contemporary theatre
thesis

Enright, H (2012) Theatre of testimony: a practice-led investigation into the role of staging testimony in contemporary theatre. PhD thesis, University of Exeter.


Watermark [group exhibition]
exhibition

Enright, H (2014) Watermark [group exhibition]. In: Academy 20: Convocation Between the Poetic and the Practical, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, 14 - 16 November 2014.


Rising
performance

Enright, H (2016) Rising. Dublin Youth Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, 17 – 20 August 2016.


The river
performance

Enright, H (2014) The river. Custom House Quay, Limerick, Ireland, 13 August - 1 September 2014.


Under pressure
performance

Enright, H (2012) Under pressure. Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, Ireland, 16 September 2012.


Tin girls
performance

Enright, H, Beck, J and Carfrea, A (2012) Tin girls. The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, UK, 8 -10 March 2012.


The Exeter blitz project
performance

Enright, H and Beck, J (2012) The Exeter blitz project. The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter, UK, 1 - 19 May 2012.


Walking away
performance

Enright, H (2007) Walking away. Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, Ireland, February 2007.


Less than a year
performance

Enright, H (2006) Less than a year. Georgian House, Limerick, Ireland, November 2007.


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