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Writing about Third Angel’s work

More About Third Angel’s Work

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We write about how we make (and remake) shows, what it’s like to tour, and more, on our blog (and our older blog). 

We’re lucky enough to have other people write our work too. The links below will take you to a range of posts, articles and online resources.

Watching The Detectives
Alexander Kelly
Performance Research: Undercover
James M. Harding & Fraser Stevens (Eds.)
Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 2021.
> Artists’ Pages/Case File article about O Grande Livro Dos Pequenos Detaches, The Department of Distractions and The Distraction Agents.

Growtheatre and Third Angel empower young people to achieve Arts Award success during COVID-19 lockdown
IVE Case Study, 2021
> Great article by Laura Bloor about our Arts Award work with Growtheatre and young people in Sheffield.

Oberon Books, 2020.
> Full script of our 2018/19 show, plus background information on the making of the show.

THERE’S A ROOM: Three Performance Texts by Third Angel
Oberon Books, 2019.
> The texts for Where From Here, Presumption and What I Heard About the World, plus introductory essays for each show. Buy it here!

A Piece of Metal: Parts of Third Angel’s Parts For Machines That Do Things
Alexander Kelly & Chris Thorpe
Performance Research: Staging The Wreckage
Gianna Bouchard & Patrick Duggan (Eds.)
Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 2019.
> Artists’ Pages article about Parts For Machines That Do Things.

The Twenty-First Century Performance Reader
Teresa Brayshaw, Anna Fenemore & Noel Witts (Eds.)
Routledge, 2019.
> Includes a version of our lecture text Testing The Hypothesis, covering the making of numerous Third Angel projects, notably those concerned with time, distance and memory, including Class of ‘76, 9 Billion Miles From HomeLeave No Trace, Standing Alone Standing Together, Realtime, Hurrysickness, A Perfect Circle and Presumption

Staging Loss: Performance as Commemoration
Michael Pinchbeck & Andrew Westerside (Eds.)
Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
> Includes Cheers Grandad! Third Angel’s The Lad Lit Project and Cape Wrath as Acts of Remembrance.

Making Postdramatic Theatre
Tracy Crossley & Niki Woods (Eds.) 
Digital Theatre+, 2018.
> Includes Text Templates, a series of devising exercises by Alexander Kelly & Rachael Walton.

Sheffield Stars: local lives are at the heart of Yorkshire’s theatre
Catherine Love
The Guardian, 2018.
> includes interview with Rachael Walton about the making of Inherited Cities.

Interview with Rachael Walton (Third Angel)
Phil Cleaves
Essential Drama, 2018.
> Includes discussion of Third Angel’s devising processes, and numerous shows from the company’s entire career.

Contemporary Portuguese Theatre: Criticism and Performance (2010 - 2016)
Francesca Rayner
Edições Colibri, 2017.
> Includes the chapter Performance as (Re)construction: mala voadora and Third Angel’s Projeto Paraíso / The Paradise Project.

Performative Experience Design
Jocelyn Spence
Springer, 2016
> Includes extensive discussion of Class of ‘76 and Cape Wrath.

Rachael Walton: actor & producer
Georgia Snow
The Stage, 2015.
> short interview with Rachael Walton about making The Life & Loves of a Nobody.

Contemporary Theatre Review: Electoral Theatre
Stephen Bottoms (Ed.)
Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 2015.
> The Backpages section includes If In Doubt: editing, devising and Third Angel, by Alexander Kelly, discussing the making of The Paradise ProjectPresumption and The Lad Lit Project. Free e-print access here.

Why UK theatre should look beyond its borders
Lyn Gardner
The Guardian Theatre blog, 2014.
> Discussion of international collaborations, including our work with mala voadora

The Contemporary Ensemble: Interviews with Theatre Makers
Duška Radosavljević
Routledge, 2013.
> Includes an interview with Alexander Kelly & Chris Thorpe discussing the making of Parts For Machines That Do ThingsPresumption and What I Heard About The World.

Performance Research: On Value
Joslin McKinney & Mick Wallis (Eds.)
Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 2013.
> Includes Inspiration Exchange: the value of sitting opposite by Alexander Kelly.

The Outside Eye Project
Michael Pinchbeck, 2012.
> Includes interviews with both Rachael Walton and Alexander Kelly about approaches to dramaturgy in Third Angel’s work.

Performance Research: On Foot
Carl Lavery & Nicolas Whybrow (Eds.)
Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 2012.
> Includes The Distance Between Us, performance maps of Saved and 9 Billion Miles From Home by Alexander Kelly, Gillian Jane Lees & Rachael Walton. Free e-print access here.

Now, where was I? Negotiating time in digitally augmented autobiographical performance
Jocelyn Spence, Stuart Andrews & David Frohlich
Journal of Media Practice, 13.3.
Taylor & Francis 2012.
> Includes substantial discussion of Class of ‘76 and Cape Wrath.

Devising in Process
Jacqueline Smart & Alex Mermikides (Eds).
Palgrave MacMillan, 2010.
> Includes lengthy discussion of the making of 9 Billion Miles From Home in the chapter The Distance Travelled by Philip Stanier. 

Contemporary Theatre Review: New Dramaturgies
Cathy Turner & Synne K. Behrndt (Eds.)
Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 2010.
> Includes Distance Dramaturgy by Deirdre Heddon & Alexander Kelly, about the making of The Lad Lit Project.

Testing the Hypothesis
Alexander Kelly, 2010.
> Lecture text, available for free on our blog, covering the making of numerous Third Angel projects, notably those concerned with time, distance and memory, including Class of ‘76, 9 Billion Miles From Home, Hang Up, Leave No Trace, Standing Alone Standing Together, Realtime, Hurrysickness, A Perfect Circle and Presumption

Journal of Writing in Creative Practice: Writing Encounters
Susan Orr and Claire Hind (Eds.)
Intellect Books, 2009.
> Includes Ghostwriting For Performance: Third Angel’s The Lad Lit Project by Alexander Kelly.

Lad Trouble
Andrea Ochsner
Transcript Verlag, 2009.
> Subtitled ‘Masculinity and Identity in the Male Confessional Novel of the 1990s’, this contains an epilogue discussing The Lad Lit Project.

Nudity, talc and twitching pigs? It must be the National Review of Live Art
Mark Fisher
The Guardian, 2009.
> Centres around a reflection/review of 9 Billion Miles From Home.

Autobiography and Performance
Deirdre Heddon 
Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
> Includes discussion of Class of ‘76.

Making A Performance: Devising Histories and Contemporary Practices
Emma Govan, Helen Nicholson & Katie Normington 
Routledge 2007 
> Includes extensive discussion of Class of ‘76 in the chapter Autobiographical Performance.

Devising Performance: A Critical History
Deirdre Heddon & Jane Milling 
Palgrave MacMillan, 2006.
> Includes discussion of Class of ‘76 and Where From Here in the chapter Postmodern Performance.

Sinais de Cena, Vol. 2
Campo Das Letras, Portugal, December 2004 
> Includes an essay, Teaching Directing Devising, by Alexander Kelly about our education work at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Small Acts: Performance, the Millennium and the Marking of Time
Adrian Heathfield (Ed.)
Black Dog Publishing, 2000.
> Includes an essay, What Can I Tell You?, by Alexander Kelly, discussing the process of making Class of ‘76.

There's lots more information about making and touring Third Angel projects 2008-2017 on our original blog, and 2017-2023 on the blog on this site.