The first entry in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows’ web series: ‘Sonder’.
In the past, that feeling of realising everyone around me has their own life, their own network of friends, family, work, habits, etc has been what has thrilled and amazed me. But, as I watched this video, I became aware of the other side of that: me as an ‘extra’ in other people’s lives. That I might be in a plane flying over someone else’s head, waiting in queue with someone, browsing the same book online, etc. The world is really very, very full of ‘stuff’. How does it all stay afloat?
This production (The Green Room) happened back in late 2013 so it’s now almost 12-months later that I’m jotting down a few thoughts.
I went to this production because I was excited to see something happening in Hobart that was a little bit different (or a little bit different from the types of performance and theatre events that I’d been aware of in Hobart anyway). I was also excited to visit a location that would be new to me and to be able to access (potentially) some of that ‘visitor in a strange land’ feeling that I get when traveling. Continue reading “The Green Room”
Really wish I could get to this: Since I Suppose | Melbourne Festival. But, sold out (and in another state).
One of the things I’ve been thinking about in relation to my PhD candidature and research is how I’m positioned in terms of my relationship to (or within) the case study of Sleep No More and Sleep No More audiences.
It’s a particularly important question now for a few reasons: I’m trying to nut out my methods chapter; I’m aware that this question of my position is going to an important one to keep an eye on throughout my project because of the potential for researcher bias; and because I’m starting to make contact with people about Sleep No More with my ‘researcher’ hat on.
It’s the last part of that that I want to focus on here. It occurs to me that it might be helpful to potential participants to know a little bit more about me and what my intentions are. Of course, as a normal part of the project there are formal participant information sheets and project descriptions but those don’t necessarily leave a lot of room for the ‘story’ of who I am and what I’m bringing with me to the project. I guess I feel as though, if I’m asking people to tell me their stories, it’s not unreasonable to expect that I should share mine.
So, here’s a little story about me and how I ended up doing both a PhD and this particular PhD.
Continue reading “How did I get here? (Part 1)”
As part of my PhD research I’ll be exploring the ways audiences engage with the New York City production of Sleep No More. In addition to looking at the material that’s already published online I’m also seeking opinions, insights, memories and stories via a survey and a number of semi-structured interviews.
If you’ve been to Sleep No More or the McKittrick Hotel (or you’re intending to go) would you consider taking part in my research? There are two surveys set-up – one is an actual survey which will ask you questions about your experiences and expectations and the other is an ‘opt-in’ as a potential interview subject. There’s more information (including a fairly comprehensive participant information sheet for the survey) at the following links:
If you’d like to participate but just aren’t sure about any of the above, please feel free to get in touch.