“An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark – that is critical genius” – Billy Wilder (Grischow and Schlöndorff, 2006)

In a recent interview Janice Kerbel, Turner Prize 2015 nominee, expressed that she does not think about the audience but focuses on what motivates her to make the work. (Tate, 2015) While I respect this approach, I feel it is important to consider the audiences role which has motivated me to chose this trail topic.

I have written a number of  blogs in which I reflect on areas of the audience-performer relationship using contemporary devising practitioner case studies. Though the side bar to the right allows you to quickly navigate to a specific blog and browse the photos from my research travels, I recommend you start with the historical context of the audience-performer relationship  which formed the foundation of my research by clicking here.

ASIDE: An Aside is a dramatic device in which a character speaks directly to the audience. In the context of this research trail I will use this construct to pop out of the more formal structure with follow on research questions or thoughts.