about the research

Research questions

Place at Half Moon Young People’s Theatre was one part of Sally Mackey’s larger research project entitled: ‘Challenging concepts of ‘liquid’ place through performing practices in Community Contexts’ (Challenging Place) funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council). Three research questions led this full enquiry:

Further details on overall research project (pdf)

After a two-day planning intensive with Half Moon artists and facilitators (April 2012), we devised a subset of these research questions specifically for the Half Moon Place project.

Relationship between the two sets of research questions (pdf).

Half Moon’s Place project was designed to interrogate these questions.

Research Project overview

In all, the Half Moon Place research project comprised:

* represents formal outcomes. Additional dissemination has taken place at academic conferences and seminars. Further outcomes will succeed this Practice as Research website when the remaining two practical Place projects are completed.

Half Moon

Situated in east London on the borders of Tower Hamlets and Limehouse, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre is a rare building-based organisation focussed solely on theatre with and for young people. It produces theatre, runs youth programmes and is a receiving house for young people's theatre.

About Half Moon (pdf)

Chris Elwell describing Half Moon

(video from first 2-day intensive, July 2011)


Choosing Half Moon Young People’s Theatre as one of three community bases within the overall research project was because of its geographical location, the age of the participants and a longstanding productive working relationship between Central and Half Moon. See Sally Mackey talking about Half Moon below for more on this.

Sally Mackey talking about Half Moon

Research Methods

The primary research methodology for Challenging Place has been practice as research. Further details about the Research Methodology (pdf) offers more detail about this and reflects on some of the opportunities and challenges inherent in the project. ‘Planning the Activities’, one section further into the site, offers a range of evidence of the research methods used.

Scoring the entire research process has been the complex theoretical and practical exploration of ‘place’. The next section offers some selected thinking about place.