Gwilym Lawrence

Twitter: @its_me_gwilym

Previous education

2011: BA (Hons), First Class, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick.
2014: MA, Distinction, Advanced Theatre Practice, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Thesis Title

Space and Spontaneity: an interdisciplinary understanding of improvised performance, site and process.


Professor Stephen Bottoms, Drama, University of Manchester; Dr. Mark Riley, Geography, University of Liverpool.

Research Summary

My current doctoral project, conducted through practice, lies between performance studies and geography and at the intersection of improvisation; site-specific performance; more-than-representational theories of geography; and walking. Through the project I am conducting a series of place-based walking interviews with residents in the village of Hope, Peak District, and formulating their rich and multiplicitous responses (personal memory, “official” history, geology, folklore, myth etc.) into an improvised walking tour performance around the village.

Research Interests

Improvisation; site-specific performance; walking; non-representational theory; landscape; devised performance; collaborating with communities; participatory arts practices.


• Lawrence, G. (2015). ‘Review of Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship’. Theatre Research International. Vol.40(1), pp.109-110.
• Richardson, M and Lawrence, G. (2016). ‘Under us All: “What you’ve been through…is what we’ve all been through”‘ in Rees, C. (ed.) Masculinity in Crisis: Depictions of Modern Male Trauma in Ireland. Dublin: Carysfort Press.

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