Socially Minded Theatre: When Verbatim Theatre and the #MeToo Movement Intersect


Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This research project examines the current theatre practices in Western countries (primarily in the United Kingdom) relating to the subject matter of the #MeToo movement. The research explores the genre of verbatim theatre in relation to this subject, discussing its beneficial possibilities.
Key points of enquiry are how sexual violence and harassment are portrayed within theatrical works, the characteristics and conventions of the verbatim genre that might provide a safe, respectful platform for sharing #MeToo experience, and what can be considered best practice in-regards-to dramatising #MeToo-related subject matter. The practice research aspect of the work develops a piece of contemporary devised verbatim performance based on the experiences of sexual assault survivors and creates a theatrical manifesto for exploring future theatrical productions in the same area. The manifesto is an original attempt to define and demonstrate the creative methods and ethical methodologies of a Socially Minded Theatre. Socially Minded Theatre is an original and innovative new methodology for approaching verbatim theatre that prioritises ethical practice and social responsibility in theatre making, paving the way for verbatim theatre makers to create compelling, impactful, and conscientious art.
Given the requirements for social distancing due to Covid-19 during the research project (conducted from 2nd October 2019 to 1st October 2022), the practical elements of the research have been designed considering these restrictions. The ability to evolve and adapt when required by social, political, or economic changes reflects a considerable element of Socially Minded Theatre.
Date of Award27 Jun 2023
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Edge Hill University
SupervisorLena Simic (Director of Studies), HELEN NEWALL (Supervisor) & KIM WILTSHIRE (Supervisor)


  • verbatim
  • theatre
  • MeToo
  • sexual assault
  • domestic abuse
  • devised theatre
  • feminist
  • political theatre
  • protest performance
  • community theatre
  • live performance
  • audiences

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