Dr Margaret Ames

BA (Llundain) MA (Cymru) PhD (Aberystwyth)

Dr Margaret Ames

Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance

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Please note: The Welsh version of this profile contains additional or more detailed information.


Artistic Director of Dawns Dyfed community dance project for the west of Wales 1987 - 2007. Performer and devisor with Brith Gof. Senior registered dance Movement Therapist with ADMPUK.



Margaret's area of research is Performance and Disability with a particular interest in work made by and with people with learning disabilities. Aberystwyth based dance-theatre company Cyrff Ystwyth form the focus of this enquiry and they produce new work every year at Aberystwyth University.

Devising Theatre, particularly in a Welsh cultural context. Disability and performance. Director/producer for Cyrff Ystwyth Dance Company, who participate in long term practice based research project.

Co-Investigator with Central School of Speech and Drama University of London on AHRC funded project. 'Challenging 'Liquid' Place'.

Member of International Federation of Theatre Research Working Group: Performance and Disability.

Presented at inaugural meeting of Performance and Disability Working Group at the Hemispheric Institute Encuentro 2014.

Guest Contributor to NO LIMITS Berlin, festival symposium 2013 and 2015 with members of Cyrff Ystwyth



Ames, M.P. 2017. Emptiness as material for devised theatre performance. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance 23 (1)


Ames, M., Pearson, M. 2016. Capel: The Lights are On: A Conversation...Margaret Ames and Mike Pearson. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance 21 (4) pp. 492-505. 10.1080/13569783.2016.1220251 Cadair

Ames, M.Evans, A. 2016. Gwdihŵ. Cadair


Filmer, A., Ames, M. 2015. Mindful Bodies: Theory and Practice in Undergraduate Theatre Studies. Aberystwyth University Learning & Teaching Conference. Cadair

Ames, M. 2015. Review of Disability, Public Space Performance and Spectatorship: Unconscious Performers. Bree Hadley (2014). Performing Ethos 4 (2) 5 pp. 139-141. 10.1386/peet.4.2.139_5 Cadair

Ames, M. 2015. Dancing Place/Disability. Theatre Research International 40 (2) 4 pp. 170-185. 10.1017/S0307883315000048 Cadair

Ames, M., Wadsworth, E. 2015. Everyone Knows Something. Cadair

Ames, M. 2015. Scenes and Encounters, Bodies and Abilities: Devising Performance with Cyrff Ystwyth. In P. Block., D. Kasnitz., A. Nishida., N. Pollard. (eds) Occupying Disability: Critical Approaches to Community, Justice, and Decolonizing Disability. Springer Nature, Netherlands pp. 97-114. Cadair


Ames, M.P., , 2014. Gwrando ar Stravinski | Listening to Stravinsky: Defod y Gwanwyn | Rite of Spring. Cadair

Ames, M.P., Smith, L., , 2014. The Old Days. Cadair


Ames, M.P. 2013. Corff a Chymuned. In A. Jones., L. Lewis. (eds) Ysgrifau ar Theatr a Pherfformio. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, Caerdydd pp. 181-200. Cadair

Ames, M., Daniel, C. 2013. Twenty Years in Hospital. Cadair

Ames, M.P. 2013. It's a ghost: The uncanny in rural Welsh identity. Studies in Theatre and Performance 33 (1) 2 pp. 29-38. 10.1386/stap.33.1.29_1 Cadair


Jones, A., Ames, M. 2012. Capel: The Lights are On: Performance by Adrian Jones with Cyrff Ystwyth, in which Ames is principal research investigator and director, and part of the AHRC project 'Challenging Concepts of 'Liquid' Place through Performative Practices'. Jones shaped the output in response to the research questions about how he and other members of the company Cyrff Ystwyth perceive issues of belonging, dislocation, and place. Cadair

Ames, M. 2012. Performing between Intention and Unconscious Daily Gesture. How Might Disabled Dancers Offer us a New Aesthetic Sensibility? About Performance 11 pp. 143-158. Cadair

Ames, M.P. 2012. Memory, identity and a desire to dance. Performance Research 17 (2) pp. 121-127. 10.1080/13528165.2012.671081 Cadair

Ames, M. 2012. It’s a Ghost!: The Uncanny in Welsh Rural Identity. Annual Conference of the Association for Welsh Writing in English. Cadair


Ames, M. 2011. Psychedelia: A Performance by Edward Wadsworth with Cyrff Ystwyth in which Ames is principal research investigator and director. This work contributes to the enquiry into how elements of the autobiographical, embodied by disabled and untrained performers, might react with the discourse of theatre and performance. . The Politics of the Metropocene: Shades of Grey, Blue and Green. Cadair

Ames, M. 2011. Working with Adrian Jones, dance artist. Journal of Arts and Communities 2 (1) pp. 41-54. 10.1386/jaac.2.1.41_1 Cadair


Ames, M.P. 2010. Work. Cadair

Ames, M. 2010. Blodeuwedd. Somatic Efforts in Directing: A Political Imperative? Cyfrwng 7 pp. 38-56. Cadair Other

Ames, M. 2010. Prosiect Archif Brith Gofa Theatr Felinfach. Cadair


Ames, M., Owen, R. 2009. Inappropriate Responses. Living Landscapes – An international conference on performance, landscape and environment. Other Cadair

Ames, M.P., Wadsworth, E. 2009. Brighton Beach. The Politics of the Metropocene: Shades of Grey, Blue and Green. Cadair

Ames, M. 2009. Untrained Beauty – A Political Imperative? Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPra). Cadair


Owen, T.R.Ames, M.P.Troed-Y-Rhiw, C.T.C. 2008. Blodeuwedd. Le Mistral, fauteur de trouble et facteur de texte dans l'oeuvre autobiographique de Jean-Giono, Jean le Bleu. Cadair


Ames, M., Jones, A. 2007. Y Nos. Cadair


Ames, M. 2006. A Thousand Miles Apart. 11 pp. 202-209. Other Cadair

Ames, M. 2006. Cultural Concerns and Creative Responses by and with Young People. Cyfrwng pp. 75-90. Cadair

Ames, M. 2006. Llais. Cadair

Ames, M., Jones, A. 2006. Seagulls. Cadair


Ames, M. 2005. Gwahaniaeth a Chwylio am yr Hybryd Diwylliannol. Cynhadledd Cyfrwng Wales Media Journal. Cadair

Ames, M. 2005. Mil o Filltiroedd ar Wahan. Cadair


Ames, M., Lewis, E. 2004. Y Drioleg. Cadair