Research and Development
Research is central to C&T's methodology. Understanding the people we work with, their needs, the technologies that they trust and what makes for good learning, drives the creation of our work.
It’s important for C&T to know not only that what we do works, but to know why it works. To that end, we conduct a number of research-related activities. We are widely respected for our intelligence, originality and the research that our work inspires. We regularly disseminate outcomes from our research at conferences in the UK and around the world and through publications.
C&T invests in conducting its own research activity. We do this independently and in collaboration with some of the leading academics and institutions around the world. Our artistic process drives our R&D, with Practice as Research and Action Research methodologies informing our approach.
C&T Frequently Asked Questions:
What does C&T stand for?
Computers and Theatre. When the company was founded it was called Collar and TIE.
Are you a theatre company or a technology company?
We don’t have to choose. Our roots lie in the transformational power of theatre but technology is offering up new ways for us to engage with people and make a difference. Think of our work existing on a continuum between the two. Sometimes one is more significant than the other, but both are always present.
Why do you use technology in your theatre work?
Technology is changing the world around us and the ways we are all creative. It is increasingly at the heart of education and social justice movements around the world. As applied theatre practitioners C&T similarly believes in the power of theatre to change lives. Why not bring the two together?
What is applied theatre?
Whilst it is primarily an academic term, applied theatre is a great description of what C&T does. Just as Applied Science is about ‘applying’ science to bring about constructive change in the world (through medicine or engineering for example) Applied Theatre tries to do the same. C&T ‘applies’ its practice into real world situations to make a difference to peoples lives and communities.
Where do you work?
Our use of technology means we can work anywhere. We can use the internet to engage with people on their own terms in their own communities. Location is no barrier, hence our work in New York, New Zealand, Kenya, Austria as well as in the UK. We are based in Worcester.
How do you come up with your ideas?
We are constantly looking for new ways to create synergies between theatre practices and digital technologies. Sometimes technologies offer up opportunities for drama, sometimes theatre leads the way requiring us to create new tech that can enhance our work. Observing how people use technology in their daily lives can often be an inspiration. It's always about experimentation and being playful.
Can I work for C&T?
We regularly recruit practitioners for our work across the UK and sometimes internationally. Vacancies appear on our website and on Arts Council England’s Arts Jobs online service. We are committed to a equality of opportunity for all and just as our practices connects global cultures so we want to work with diverse artists and practitioners.
Who funds C&T?
We are a National Portfiolo Organisation of Arts Council England, which makes up less than 25% of our income. The rest of our income comes from fees, contracts and funding grants.
Can I arrange work experence with C&T?
We are inundated with requests from students to spend time with us. Much as we would like too we can’t take everyone. Also, our international work means that sometimes it's just not practical. We have a policy of prioritising requests from schools and colleges with whom we have a current, constructive relationship. Undergraduate and postgraduate students should contact us directly regarding opportunities to interview C&T.
Where can I read more about C&T?
You can download Paul Sutton PhD here.
Drama and Social Justice. Eds Michael Finneran and Kelly Freebody,
Applied Practice. Eds Matthew Reasopn and Nick Rowe.
Drama Education with Digital Technology. Eds Micheal Anderson, David Cameron, John Caroll
Real Players Eds Micheal Anderson, David Cameron, John Caroll
Dr Paul Sutton's article on C&T's Lip Sync project.
The Dramatic Property: A New Paradigm of Applied Theatre in a Globalised Media Culture. Dr Paul Sutton's PhD thesis.
Ebook version of Dr Paul Sutton's paper on C&T's Networked Theatre practice.