Throughout our history, the Blahs have engaged in research to support the development of practice and to understand more clearly the needs of our audiences/participants and the impact our work has. We have undertaken research activity in partnership with academic institutions and the local bridge organisation, IVE (formerly CapeUK). Research activity has taken various forms, including case studies and has involved Blahs’ practitioners and teachers working as co-researchers as well as the input of external evaluators and academics.
Recent research carried out by the company:
A report by Dr El Stannage in 2020 to develop understandings of the climate for touring theatre for older children (8-13 years). Research was carried out with companies and venues making and programming work for young audience, funded by the Arts Council Of England.
Download the full report here: Understanding the Climate for Touring Theatre for Older Children
Research was carried out by Dr Madeleine Irwin in 2019 with a cohort of five schools to explore the impact of a combined model of theatre and digital resources on SMSC provision and engagement. This independent report provides findings and analysis resulting from the evaluation of The Vultures’ Song project and was supported by a Paul Hamlyn Explore and Test grant.
Download the full report here: The Vultures’ Song Evaluation Report – Dr Madeleine Irwin