Cara Joined the Settlement Players in 2014. Cara joined as part of research for a PhD looking at ‘Amateur Dramatics in Urban Utopias’, contributing to the wider AHRC funded project ‘Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Space’ at the Royal Holloway, University of London Amateur Dramatic Research
As part of the Connected Communities Scheme, the project looks at how (and if) amateur theatre companies create, sustain, challenge and revitalise their communities, in order to explore what role amateur theatre plays in constructing and sustaining communities.
Taking Letchworth Garden City as a case study, the PhD will examine the historical and contemporary practice of Letchworth’s amateur dramatic companies, specifically investigating the ‘making’ of amateur theatre and the spaces in which these amateur creativities happen.
A booklet on ‘Reflecting on Amateur Theatre Research: 17th September 2016’ is available on the Amateur Dramatic Research website, and has quotes and pictures of Settlement Players’