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Dr Michael Pinchbeck

Reader in Theatre

Dr Michael Pinchbeck

Projects

A Fortunate Man (2018)

A touring performance to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS and 50th anniversary of A Fortunate Man by writer, John Berger, and photographer, Jean Mohr. What they revealed about the life of English country GP, Dr John Sassall, remains as fresh, urgent and relevant in the present day. Through a combination of Berger’s words, Mohr’s images, archive film footage and contemporary reportage, New Perspectives collaborate with theatre-maker Michael Pinchbeck to create a new multi-media performance that takes the pulse of the NHS today. Toured to Camden People’s Theatre, Summerhall (Edinburgh), Singapore Fringe Festival and Theaterszene Europa at studiobühneköln (Cologne).



A Seventh Man (2020)

In 2020, Pinchbeck & Smith make a new show inspired by A Seventh Man, the 1975 book about migration by John Berger and Jean Mohr. Using verbatim interviews and photography the performance is part slideshow, part documentary, part adaptation, and explores the book to mark its 45th anniversary. The narrative follows workers leaving home, crossing borders and facing questions about the work they do and taking medical tests to see if they are fit enough. Three performers read directly from Berger’s book as if both narrating and acting out its portraits of a generation of young men who travel across a continent in search of a better life. The piece follows a three act structure - Departure, Work, Return - and will be shown in a mobile research centre – S.H.E.D. Supported by Arts Council England, the project is commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, New Perspectives and Nottingham Playhouse.



Bolero (2014)

In 1928, Maurice Ravel wrote Bolero in Paris. In 1984, Torvill and Dean danced to it at the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. Eight years later the stadium where they won gold was bombed. Working with the music as a bridge, Bolero takes a journey from Paris to Sarajevo, from 1914 to 1994, from the First World War to the Bosnian War to the present day.

Supported by Arts Council England and the British Council, Bolero was a co-production between Nottingham Playhouse, ODA Theatre (Pristina) and Sarajevo War Theatre. Developed at Dance4, the National Ice Centre and Primary with support from the University of Lincoln.



Concerto (2016)

An immersive musical experience inspired by Maurice Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, featuring world-renowned concert pianist Nicholas McCarthy. Infamous pianist, Paul Wittgenstein, commissioned Ravel to write him a concerto after he lost his right arm during the First World War. At the same moment, assassin Gavrilo Princip was in prison, his withered arm tied up with piano wire. Unravelling narratives such as these surround this music’s composition and together they weave a true story that spans 100 years. Pinchbeck’s Concerto is a deconstructed exploration of the legacy of war and the healing power of music that explores his research into composed and orchestral theatre.

This performance was supported by Attenborough Arts Centre and features the University of Leicester Orchestra and Knighton Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dr Paul Jenkins. Commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Attenborough Arts Centre and Nottingham Lakeside Arts. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.



Solo (2018)

An intimate and interactive performance installation inspired by Maurice Ravel’s violin piece – Tzigane, Solo is a poetic, poignant 10-minute experience based on real-life events. It is played out for audiences of two at a time, from the moment the music was conceived to a curtain call. The audience plays the role of a violinist and a composer as you enact a true story of how this piece of music came to be. Devised with Ollie Smith as a sequel to Bolero (2014) and Concerto (2016). Commissioned by Attenborough Arts Centre, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and Frequency Festival. Supported by Arts Council England.



The Beginning (2012)

Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Beginning is the second in a trilogy of works deconstructing Shakespearean stage directions that later became The Shakespeare Trilogy. The Beginning was developed at Lakeside Arts Centre (Nottingham), Leeds Met Studio Theatre, Loughborough University and The Junction (Cambridge). Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and commissioned by the World Event Young Artists 2012. Selected for the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase 2013. The Beginning was co-devised by Nicki Hobday and Ollie Smith. An excerpt from The Beginning ('This is a love story') features in the recent Routledge edition, The Twenty-First Century Performance Reader.



The man who flew into space from his apartment (2015)

An immersive slideshow inspired by an installation by Russian artist Ilya Kabakov performed in a non-theatre space. A guest performer follows instructions they have never heard before in front of an audience of ten. The performance draws on notions of escape and makes a journey, like Kabakov, between east and west, flying and falling, attempt and failure. Commissioned by hÅb Arts (Manchester) and Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. Developed at First Bite, Forest Fringe, Frequency Festival and Hatch. Supported by Arts Council England, the piece was performed over 30 times over three years in factories, galleries, school halls and tower blocks.



Research

Michael Pinchbeck is a member of the Art and Performance Research Hub.

A selection of recent research outputs.

Books

Pinchbeck, M., 2020. 'The Trilogy: Acts of Dramaturgy', Intellect.

Westerside, A., Pinchbeck, M., 2018. 'Staging Loss', Springer International Publishing.

Book Chapters

Pinchbeck, M., Baynton, R., 2021. 'Igniting response-ability: Co-creating one-on-one audience experience'. In Routledge Companion to Audiences and the Performing Arts (2020), Routledge.

Pinchbeck, M., 2020. 'Conversation is part of the cure: Dramaturgy in Dialogue for A Fortunate Man'. In Jones, R., Connelly, H. (eds.) InDialogue: artistic research and dialogic practices, Palgrave Macmillan.

Pinchbeck, M., Westerside, A., 2018. ''Conclusion' in Pinchbeck, M and Westerside, A. (2018) Staging Loss: Performance as Commemoration. London: Palgrave Macmillan.'. In Pinchbeck, M., Westerside, A. (eds.) Staging Loss: Performance as Commemoration, Palgrave Macmillan.

Pinchbeck, M., Westerside, A., 2018. '?Introduction? in Pinchbeck, M and Westerside, A. (2018) Staging Loss: Performance as Commemoration. London: Palgrave Macmillan.'. In Pinchbeck, M., Westerside, A. (eds.) Staging Loss: Performance as Commemoration, Palgrave Macmillan.

Pinchbeck, M., 2018. 'A dance of absence: (in)visible dramaturgies within A Duet Without You'. In Dechery, C. (eds.) Performing collaboration in solo performance: A Duet Without You and practice-as-research, Intellect.

Ellin, D., Lawrence, C., 2018. 'After Them, The Flood: Remembering the Dam Busters and Bomber Command through Performance'. In Pinchbeck, M., Westerside, A. (eds.) Staging Loss Performance as Commemoration, pp. 109-129, Palgrave Macmillan.

Pinchbeck, M., 2018. 'Making Bolero: dramaturgies of remembrance'. In Pinchbeck, M., Westerside, A. (eds.) Staging loss: performance as commemoration, Palgrave Macmillan.

Crossley, T., Woods, N., Pinchbeck, M., 2018. 'MAKING POSTDRAMATIC THEATRE: A HANDBOOK OF DEVISING EXERCISES'. In Crossley, T., Woods, N. (eds.) MAKING POSTDRAMATIC THEATRE: A HANDBOOK OF DEVISING EXERCISES, pp. 59-68, Digital Theatre +.

Pinchbeck, M., 2017. 'This is a love story'. In Witts, N., Fenemore, A., Teresa, B. (eds.) Twenty-First Century Performance Reader, Routledge.

Pinchbeck, M., Lewis, S., 2015. 'Bolero'. In Burnett, K. (eds.) Make believe: UK design for performance 2011-2015, pp. 109-109, The Society of British Theatre Designers.

Pinchbeck, M., 2014. 'The DIY aesthetic: somewhere between a hobby and a job'. In Daniels, R. (eds.) DIY (do. it. yourself), pp. 95-96, University of Chichester.

Pinchbeck, M., 2014. 'This is a love story'. In Pour les: Podium Nr. 171/172, pp. 6-9, Podium Literature.

Internet Publications

Pinchbeck, M., Egan, K., 2012. 'Dramaturgy in Dialogue: Kevin Egan (Outside Eye Project)', https://outsideeyeproject.wordpress.com/2012/04/08/dramaturgy-in-dialogue-kevin-egan/.

Journal Articles

Pinchbeck, M., Babbage, F., 2020. 'Radical Hospitality: Immersing the Audience in A Seventh Man', Contemporary Theatre Review, 30 (1).

Pinchbeck, M., 2019. 'Backpages 29.3', Contemporary Theatre Review, 29 (3), pp. 343-354.

Pinchbeck, M., Mangan, M., 2019. 'Somewhere between Remembering and Forgetting', Performance Research, 24 (3), pp. 122-131.

Jones, R., Pinchbeck, M., 2019. 'Treasuring Detritus', Performance Research, 24 (5), pp. 101-104.

Pinchbeck, M., 2018. 'Open Your Eyes', Performance Research, 23 (1), pp. 113-116.

Pinchbeck, M., Westerside, A., 2017. 'Acts of Communion Encountering taste in Reckless Sleepers' The Last Supper', PERFORMANCE RESEARCH, 22 (7), pp. 57-66.

Pinchbeck, M., 2016. 'No rehearsal is necessary: The man who flew into space from his apartment', Repertorio: Teatro & Danca, 27, pp. 59-68.

Pinchbeck, MD., 2013. 'Thinking inside the box: an internal dramaturgy at work in Reckless Sleepers? Schrödinger', Backpages 23.3, Contemporary Theatre Review, 23, pp. 450-463.

Pinchbeck, M., 2013. 'Training grounds: training and... Travel', Theatre Dance and Performance Training, 4, pp. 420-421.

Pinchbeck, M., 2010. 'Ten characters in search of a narrative', Studies in Theatre and Performance, 30 (1), pp. 51-58.

Pinchbeck, M., 2007. 'Performance and Place [edited by Leslie Hill and Helen Paris ]', Platform: Theatres of Resistance, 2, pp. 104-107.

Conference Papers

Pinchbeck, M., Baynton, R., 2018. 'A Fortunate Man: work-in-progress', in Hold Everything Dear: Performance, Politics and John Berger.

Pinchbeck, M., 2018. 'Errors of memory, memories of error: slip-roads and pit-stops on the long and winding road', in Association of Art History.

Lang, M., Grimwood, T., 2018. 'The politics and aesthetics of error [conference panel]', in Association for Art History?s Annual Conference 2018.

Pinchbeck, M., 2017. 'Rear view mirror: blogging as a reflective tool for practice as research', in TaPRA Postgraduate Conference.

Pinchbeck, M., 2017. 'Sit with me for a moment and remember - TaPRA Gallery 2017', in TaPRA Gallery 2017.

Pinchbeck, M., 2017. 'This is a love story', in You, The Audience Symposium.

Pinchbeck, M., Butler, L., 2016. 'Building the room: remembering Third Angel's Presumption', in Where From Here: 21 Years of Third Angel.

Pinchbeck, M., 2016. 'Making Bolero: dramaturgies of conflict', in TaPRA.

Pinchbeck, M., 2016. 'No rehearsal is necessary: the politics of the guest performer in The man who flew into space from his apartment', in Expanded Practice and Curation as Creative Process.

Pinchbeck, M., 2016. 'Sit with me for a moment and remember: a provocation', in Owning Your Walrus: A cross-disciplinary symposium on Loneliness & Performance.

Pinchbeck, M., 2014. 'Or in the future: Utopian and dystopian dramaturgy in Forced Entertainment?s Tomorrow?s Parties', in What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English.

Pinchbeck, MD., 2012. 'Mirror, signal, manoeuvre: reflections on the role of the dramaturg in contemporary performance', in 'You May!' Symposium.

Other Outputs

Pinchbeck, M., 2019. 'A Fortunate Man'.

Pinchbeck, M., Smith, O., 2019. 'Solo'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2018. 'A Fortunate Man'.

Pinchbeck, M., Pinchbeck, M., 2018. 'A Fortunate Man'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2018. 'Dramaturgies of Remembrance'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2018. 'Requiems for Sarajevo: The dramaturgy of ruins, the musicality of repair'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2018. 'Sit with me for a moment and remember'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2018. 'The Ravel Trilogy'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2017. 'Sit with me for a moment and remember'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2017. 'Sit with me for a moment and remember - Audio Recordings'.

Pinchbeck, M., Smith, O., 2017. 'Solo'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2017. 'The man who flew into space from his apartment'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2016. 'Concerto'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2016. 'Concerto'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2016. 'Concerto'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2016. 'Concerto'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2016. 'The man who flew into space from his apartment'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2016. 'The trilogy'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2015. 'The man who flew into space from his apartment'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2014. 'Bolero'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2014. 'Bolero'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2014. 'Bolero'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2014. 'Bolero'.

Pinchbeck, MD., 2013. 'The beginning'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2013. 'The middle'.

Pinchbeck, MD., Pinchbeck, AD., 2013. 'The middle'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2012. 'Sit with me for a moment and remember'.

Pinchbeck, M., Hobday, N., Smith, O., 2012. 'The beginning'.

Pinchbeck, MD., 2012. 'The beginning - Blog entitled 'Making The beginning''.

Pinchbeck, M., Smith, O., 2011. 'The end'.

Pinchbeck, MD., Smith, O., 2011. 'The end'.

Pinchbeck, MD., Hobday, N., Smith, O., 2010. 'The beginning [programme]'.

Pinchbeck, MD., 2010. 'The end [blog]'.

Pinchbeck, MD., Smith, O., 2010. 'The end - durational performance'.

Pinchbeck, MD., Smith, O., 2010. 'The end [programme]'.

Pinchbeck, M., 2007. 'Ways of Staging: A Fortunate Man and A Seventh Man'.