Locating the Audience

How People Found Value in National Theatre Wales

By (author) Kirsty Sedgman

Publication date:

15 February 2016

Length of book:

230 pages


Intellect Books



ISBN-13: 9781783205714

How do audiences experience live performances? What is gained when a national theatre is born? These questions and more are the subject of Locating the Audience, the first in-depth study of how people form relationships with a new theatre company. Investigating the inaugural season of National Theatre Wales, Kirsty Sedgman explores how different people felt about the way their communities were 'engaged' and their places 'performed' by the theatre’s productions. Mapping the complex interplay between audience experience and identity, the book presents a significant contribution to our contemporary project of defining cultural value. Rather than understanding value as an end point, 'impact', Sedgman makes the provocative claim that cultural value can better be understood as a process.

'Kirsty Sedgman gives an example of how her findings were used by NTW…This isn’t pandering; it is about helping people feel a theatre is for them, a sense of ownership that is particularly crucial for a new national theatre project.'