Dr Margaret Ames

BA (Llundain) MA (Cymru) Graduate Diploma (Surrey) 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 with Brith Gof 1988 - 2000



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


Emptiness as material for devised theatre performanceAmes, M. P. 2017 In : Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.23, 1
Capel: The Lights are On: A Conversation...Margaret Ames and Mike PearsonAmes, M. & Pearson, M. 2016 In : Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.21, 4, p. 492-50514 p.
GwdihŵAmes, M. & Evans, A. 2016
Mindful Bodies: Theory and Practice in Undergraduate Theatre StudiesFilmer, A. & Ames, M. 2015
Review of Disability, Public Space Performance and Spectatorship: Unconscious Performers. Bree Hadley (2014)Ames, M. 2015 In : Performing Ethos.4, 2, p. 139-1413 p., 5
Dancing Place/DisabilityAmes, M. 2015 In : Theatre Research International.40, 2, p. 170-18516 p., 4
Everyone Knows SomethingAmes, M. & Wadsworth, E. 2015
Scenes and Encounters, Bodies and Abilities: Devising Performance with Cyrff YstwythAmes, M. 2015 Occupying Disability: Critical Approaches to Community, Justice, and Decolonizing Disability. Block, P., Kasnitz, D., Nishida, A. & Pollard, N. (eds.). Netherlands: Springer Nature, p. 97-11418 p. 7
Gwrando ar Stravinski | Listening to Stravinsky: Defod y Gwanwyn | Rite of SpringAmes, M. P. & Research Participants 2014
The Old DaysAmes, M. P., Smith, L. & Cyrff Ystwyth 2014
Corff a ChymunedAmes, M. P. 2013 Ysgrifau ar Theatr a Pherfformio. Jones, A. & Lewis, L. (eds.). Caerdydd: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, p. 181-200
Twenty Years in HospitalAmes, M. & Daniel, C. 2013
It's a ghost: The uncanny in rural Welsh identityAmes, M. P. 2013 In : Studies in Theatre and Performance.33, 1, p. 29-3810 p., 2
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.Jones, A. & Ames, M. 2012
Performing between Intention and Unconscious Daily Gesture. How Might Disabled Dancers Offer us a New Aesthetic Sensibility?Ames, M. 2012 In : About Performance.11, p. 143-15816 p.
Memory, identity and a desire to danceAmes, M. P. 2012 In : Performance Research.17, 2, p. 121-1277 p.
It’s a Ghost!: The Uncanny in Welsh Rural IdentityAmes, M. 2012
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. Ames, M. 2011
Working with Adrian Jones, dance artistAmes, M. 2011 In : Journal of Arts and Communities.2, 1, p. 41-5414 p.
Prosiect Archif Brith Gofa Theatr FelinfachAmes, M. 2010
WorkAmes, M. P. 2010
Blodeuwedd. Somatic Efforts in Directing: A Political Imperative?Ames, M. 2010 In : Cyfrwng.7, p. 38-5619 p.
Inappropriate ResponsesAmes, M. & Owen, R. 2009 p. 161 p.
Brighton BeachAmes, M. P. & Wadsworth, E. 2009
Untrained Beauty – A Political Imperative?Ames, M. 2009
BlodeuweddOwen, T. R., Ames, M. P. & Troed-Y-Rhiw, C. T. C. 2008
Y NosAmes, M. & Jones, A. 2007
A Thousand Miles ApartAmes, M. 2006 In : The Open Page.11, p. 202-2098 p.
Cultural Concerns and Creative Responses by and with Young PeopleAmes, M. 2006 In : Cyfrwng.p. 75-9016 p.
LlaisAmes, M. 2006
SeagullsAmes, M. & Jones, A. 2006
Gwahaniaeth a Chwylio am yr Hybryd DiwylliannolAmes, M. 2005
Mil o Filltiroedd ar WahanAmes, M. 2005
Y DriolegAmes, M. & Lewis, E. 2004