Longlisted for the NCCPE Engage Competition 2014 – “demonstrated the power of the theatre to engage people with research”.

Photography: marktaylorphotography.com

“Thoughtful provoking original material.”


“A very interesting way of discovering the past and how we lived. We could learn a lot from people’s lives and how to change for the better.”

Cap-a-Pie worked with (then) PhD student Dr Michael Richardson and Gwilym Lawrence, an early career theatre director to develop Under Us All in Spring 2013.

A new one-man theatre production, Under Us All, presents the testimonies of three generations of a Tyneside Irish family. A grandfather, father and son discuss how industry, family, work and community have changed over the decades. Their stories show how attitudes have shifted from one generation to the next. The audience witnesses the action whilst being an integral part of the set, as they are given a window into the intriguing everyday lives of a North East family.

The piece arose from detailed interviews with a family from Hebburn who participated in Michael’s PhD research. Interview transcripts from three men, a dad, granddad and son, from the same family were realigned into a verbatim play. Michael worked with us extensively and we formed a truly collaborative relationship across the disciplines of theatre and academia. Michael’s article on his experience of using theatre within a research project is available online – “Theatre as a safe space?”.

The play was shown in Sanctuary Artspace, Gateshead in May 2013 to a full house. In November 2013 we toured the piece throughout the North East visiting Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Northern Stage, Customs House and Teesside University under the banner of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2013.




Under Us All
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