Exclusive Article by Robert Daniels on 'do it yourself' theatre and performance

'doing it again... and again... and again...' by Robert Daniels

In 2012 I decided to put together a book. A book about a kind of work called "DIY": 'do it yourself' Theatre and Performance.

What compelled me to write about DIY theatre and performance was simple: it was a loosely defined label, style, ethos, and sometimes provocation, for something I felt I did with my company Bootworks, and as a teacher in higher education, and I wanted to explore the term further. I also saw it in various ways in the work and practice of a lot of my peers. I wanted to try and develop the critical and contextual understanding into something more 'defined'.