June 10, 2015
Prof Richard Hand (with Dr Rob Smith and Mary Traynor), on behalf of the University of South Wales, has been awarded an AHRC funding to hold the Graveyard Voices: Podcasting the Heritage of Cathays Cemetery event in Being Human 2015 festival. This involves producing a series of audio podcasts as part of the University of South Wales’ fruitful partnership with Cardiff Council Cemeteries, the Friends of Cathays Cemetery and the community music organisation Wonderbrass in creating live performance work for the Heritage Walks in Cardiff’s Cathays Cemetery and has been made possible by a grant from the festival organisers, the School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Graveyard Voices: Podcasting the Heritage of Cathays Cemetery will champion the excellence of humanities research being undertaken in Wales and help to demonstrate the vitality and relevance of this today. The grant will help the university bring together researchers and local communities to engage with the humanities. The event will be part of an 11 day national programme of big ideas, big debates and engaging activities for all ages. The festival will inform, extend and ignite contemporary thinking and imagination around the humanities.
Richard Hand, Professor of Theatre and Media Drama at the University of South Wales said:
This project presents a fantastic opportunity to take the University’s research expertise in community performance work and audio drama to the next level. As well as supporting the University’s popular dramatised Heritage Walks at the historically significant location of Cathays Cemetery in Cardiff, this project will capture the work with modern audio technology, producing a series of freely available podcasts. For the University and project partners Cardiff Council, the Friends of Cathays Cemetery and the music group Wonderbrass, this is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the outreach and vitality of our collaborative research in the public sphere.
For further details, please see the BA (Hons) Theatre and Drama page.