Dr Margaret Ames

BA (Llundain) MA (Cymru) Graduate Diploma (Surrey) PhD (Aberystwyth)

Dr Margaret Ames

Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance

Department of Theatre, Film & Television Studies

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Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance


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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 2023, Optimistic Becomings: Learning Disability Performance Outward Bound. in How Does Disability Performance Travel?: Access, Art, and Internationalization. Taylor & Francis, pp. 239-256. 10.4324/9781003231066-19
Ames, M 2022, 'Dance/Diverseability', Paper presented at Dance Studies Association, Vancouver via Zoom, Canada, 15 Oct 2022 - 15 Oct 2022.
Ames, M 2021, 'Learning disability dance: An example of resilience with Speckled Egg Dance Company', Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 105-120. 10.1080/13569783.2020.1851180
Ames, M & Jones, A, 'John', 2019, Performance.
Ames, M 2019, 'Learning disability, thought and theatre', Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 29, no. 3, 4, pp. 290-304. 10.1080/10486801.2019.1615903
More publications on the Research Portal