Kerrie Reading – Bath Spa University

Personal statement 

Kerrie joined the department in 2022, having previously worked at the Cardiff Met University, University of Worcester, Salford, Aberystwyth and Gloucestershire. She has been a freelance theatre practitioner for over ten years, working across the fields of contemporary performance making, performance with young people and creativity within education. Her solo work is concerned with creating performances from archival documents and her work, that is led by young people, explores and interacts with different spaces and modes of performance.

Kerrie has a practice-based PhD from Aberystwyth University (2016) investigating how past approaches to making alternative performance can be considered today, with a focus on the venue and the archive of Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. She holds an MPhil in Performance (2013) from the University of Birmingham and a Degree (2007, MDrama) in Contemporary Performance Practice from the University of Kent.

Kerrie has performed and exhibited performance work within the UK in various sites including forests, trains, factories and theatres. Between 2007 and 2012 she was an associate performer with theatre makers Stan's Cafe, touring internationally to festivals and venues. Kerrie has devised new performance works with Talking Birds, Cyrff Ystwyth and Ali Matthews.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD
  • MPhil
  • MDrama

Professional Memberships

Fellow of Advance HE

Areas of expertise

  • Acting and directing
  • Community theatre
  • Applied theatre
  • Oral histories and archives

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Chapter Arts Centre in the 1970s: a radical shift for theatre
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Reading, K (2023) 'Chapter Arts Centre in the 1970s: a radical shift for theatre.' In: Hindson, C, Cochrane, C, Reid, T and Goddard, L, eds. The Routledge companion to twentieth century British theatre. Routledge, Abingdon. (Forthcoming)


A performatic archive
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Reading, K (2016) 'A performatic archive.' In: Reason, M and Molle Lindelof, A, eds. Experiencing liveness in contemporary performance: interdisciplinary perspectives. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 143-148. ISBN 9781138961593


Navigating new approaches for grassroot community theatre in a (post-) Covid world
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Reading, K (2021) 'Navigating new approaches for grassroot community theatre in a (post-) Covid world.' Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses, 35. pp. 163-180. ISSN 0214-4808


Absence in/of the body: theatre praxis and embodied knowledge
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Reading, K (2021) Absence in/of the body: theatre praxis and embodied knowledge. In: TaPRA Conference, 6 - 10 September 2021, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK [online].


Re-placing the archive: a performative paper
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Reading, K (2015) Re-placing the archive: a performative paper. In: Performing Place 3 Symposium, 19 - 20 June 2015, University of Chichester, UK.


Emerging from the past: insights from re-constituted materials
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Reading, K (2014) Emerging from the past: insights from re-constituted materials. In: STR New Researchers' Network Inaugural Symposium: "Emergence", 20 May 2014, The Theatres Trust, London, UK.


Turning the key: unlocking the potential of the archive ​
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Reading, K (2014) Turning the key: unlocking the potential of the archive ​. In: TaPRA Postgraduate Conference, 2014, Manchester, UK.


The lasting efficacy of performance in public spaces, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
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Reading, K (2013) The lasting efficacy of performance in public spaces, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. In: FIRT/IFTR Conference: Re-Routing Performance, 22 - 26 July 2013, Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, Spain.


The tyranny of participation?
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Reading, K (2012) The tyranny of participation? In: TaPRA Conference, 5 - 7 September 2012, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.


Understanding the contemporary value of past methods of producing theatre: toward a tripartite approach to venue-performance-document
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Reading, K (2017) Understanding the contemporary value of past methods of producing theatre: toward a tripartite approach to venue-performance-document. PhD thesis, Aberystywth University.


The guided tour in the under-celebrated urban space
thesis

Reading, K (2013) The guided tour in the under-celebrated urban space. M.Phil thesis, University of Birmingham.


Whispers, echoes and tall tales
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Reading, K (2015) Whispers, echoes and tall tales. Aberystwyth University, UK, June 2015.


Turning the spotlight on the people
performance

Reading, K (2014) Turning the spotlight on the people. Camden People's Theatre, London, UK, 18 - 19 September 2014.


Playing (at) Woyzeck
performance

Reading, K (2013) Playing (at) Woyzeck. Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK, 2013.


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