co-edited with Veronica Baxter / London: Methuen Bloomsbury
Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing is the first volume in the field to address the role that theatre, drama and performance have in relation to promoting, developing and sustaining health and wellbeing in diverse communities. Challenging concepts and understanding of health, wellbeing and illness, it offers insight into different approaches to major health issues through applied performance.
“This collection adds rich new perspectives to on- going debates about the cultural locations of health care, theatre, and power. […] a highly valuable contribution to expanding the boundaries of this growing field.”
Petra Kuppers, New Theatre Quarterly 2017
“Baxter and Low demonstrate the importance of a creative and aesthetic focus in applied theatre work to avoid the commodification of art and its being commandeered to serve the purposes of non-arts organisations. […] These writings give an insight not only into the diversity of work taking place in the field but also insights into successes and (with commendable honesty) a few failures.”
Melissa Trimingham, Studies in Theatre and Performance 2017
“Emphasizing ways in which performance techniques can support the promotion of health care, Applied Theatre is a valuable, well-researched study on a topic of practical concern. […] Though pitched at practitioners using theatrical techniques in health care broadly defined, the volume offers fascinating angles on a little-explored subject that will interest readers in a variety of disciplines.”
James Fisher, CHOICE 2017
“[A] well-curated investigation into the material, theoretical and ethical concerns that impact applied-theatre performances of health and well-being. […] this timely volume is an invaluable resource (and perhaps required reading) for those seeking to mobilize performance in the service of global health and well-being”
Alexis Riley, Theatre Research International 2019
Peer-reviewed articles and essays
- forthcoming. ‘There is still life in me, despite what I have done’ – Assuaging woundedness through collective creativity, co-authored with Clara Vaughan. In Applied Theatre: Women and Criminal Justice, edited by Caoimhe McAvinchey, (London: Methuen Bloomsbury).
- forthcoming. Translation into Spanish of my 2010 article, ‘Creating a space for the individual: different theatre and performance-based approaches to sexual health communication in South Africa’ by the Institute of Performing Arts (Instituto de Artes del Espectáculo), in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Buenos Aires. To be included in an edited booked on Applied Theatre. (Buenos Aires, Argentina: CCC Editions).
- 2019. ‘Surviving, but not thriving: The politics of care and the experience of motherhood in academia’, co-authored with Diana Damian Martin. In Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 24.3, pp. 426-432.
- 2018. ‘The Press / Supress / Our stories of happiness / They choose to define us / As “suffering headliners”’: Theatre-Making with Women Living with HIV, co-authored with Matilda Mudyavanhu and Shema Tariq. In Viral Dramaturgies: HIV and AIDS Performance in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Alyson Campbell and Dirk Gindt, (London: Palgrave Macmillan).
- 2015. ‘Understanding Students Needs In Theatre Practice’, co-authored with Sue Mayo. In Masters Level Teaching, Learning and Assessment: Issues in Design and Delivery, edited by Pauline Kneale, (London: Palgrave MacMillan), pp. 14-17.
- 2015. ‘Applied Theatre from A Southern African Perspective: a dialogue’, co-authored with Munyaradzi Chatikobo. In Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 20.3, pp. 381-390.
- 2015. ‘From the Mouths of Mothers: Can drama facilitate reflective learning for social workers?’, co-authored with Amanda Stuart Fisher, Kate Leonard & Anna Gupta. InSocial Work Education, 30 November, pp. 1-15.
- 2012. ‘Establishing a moral discourse: a limiting outcome, or an opportunity for tactical action? An exploration of alternative perspectives on health education in South Africa.’ Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 17.3. pp. 355-370.
- 2010. ‘Creating a space for the individual: different theatre and performance-based approaches to sexual health communication in South Africa.’ Journal of Applied Arts and Health. 1.1, pp. 111-126.
- 2010. ‘Risk-taking in sexual health communication and applied theatre practice: what can happen?’, Gender Forum, 31.