Research, Resources and Publications


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


Here is a brief collection of some of the publications released or including The Blahs. If you are interested in any of our publications please get in touch.

Applied Theatre: Economies. Edited by Molly Mullen. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. Includes the Blahs as a case study.


Theatre in Education in Britain: Origins, Development and Influence. Roger Wooster. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016. Includes the Blahs as a case study.


Blah Blah Blah. Stories of a Theatre Company 1985 – 1995. Edited by Nicholas Whybrow. Alumnus 1996.


Articles and Chapters by the Blahs’ Artistic Directors 

Drama journal. Volume 25.2, Summer 2019. Includes the article: ‘The Vultures’ Song’ by Deborah Pakkar-Hull and Madeleine Irwin


Drama journal. Volume 20.2, Summer 2015. Includes the article: ‘Messerschmitt ‘v’ Spitfire – A Love Story’ by Anthony Haddon 


Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. Volume 19, Number 3, August 2014. Includes the article ‘Mosaic: Re-Imagining the Monolingual Classroom Through Theatre in Education’ by Deborah Pakkar-Hull.


Second Language Learning Through Drama. Edited by Joe Winston. Routledge, 2012. Includes the chapter: ‘Theatre, Language Learning and Identity: Empowering Additional Language Learners Through Classroom Drama Projects’ by Deborah Hull.


Drama Journal. Volume 18.1, Spring 2012. Includes the article: ‘Drama and the EAL Learner’ by Deborah Hull.


Planting Trees of Drama with Global Vision in Local Knowledge. Edited by Jack Shu and Phoebe Chan. IDEA Publications 2007. Includes the chapter: ‘Participatory Theatre in Education: An Evaluation of Children’s Role Taking’ by Geoff Readman and Deborah Hull.


Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. Volume 11, Number 2, June 2006. Includes the article: ‘A long story with a happy ending’ by Anthony Haddon.


Theatre for Children and Young People: 50 years of professional theatre in the UK. Edited by Stuart Bennett. Arora metro, 2005. Includes the chapter ‘Participatory Theatre in Action’ by Anthony Haddon.


An archive of the Blahs’ early work is held in the Special Collections at the University Library, University of Leeds. Further information about the archive is available at: