Ms. Christine Margaret Poulter

Ms. Christine Margaret Poulter

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Drama

Publications and Further Research Outputs

  • Poulter C, Open the box! Sharing your research methods and findings with a wider world, 15th Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference and Student Colloquium, 4 - 6 November 2014 Health, Wellbeing and Innovation: Recent advances in research, practice and education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 4 - 6 November 2014, 2014Conference Paper, 2014
  • Poulter C, Agatha Christie Swept Under Her Carpet: Domestic Detail and TV Adaptation , Agatha Christie: Hidden Horizons, University of Exeter, UK, 13-14 April 2015, 2015Conference Paper, 2015
  • Poulter C, A cry from the heart : A WW1 stretcher-bearer and the cries that echo still .. , Aftermath: The Cultural legacies of WW1, Arts & Humanities Research Institute, King's College London , 21-23 May 2015, 2015Conference Paper, 2015
  • C Poulter, Knitting at the purly gates: Miss Marple as tricoteusee, Criminal Heritage: Crime, Fiction, and History, Leeds Beckett University, 5.9.17, 2017Conference Paper, 2017
  • C Poulter, Telling Tales ... when the story-tellers are the story, Storytelling: Global Reflections on Narrative 9, Oxford - Mansfield College, 10-12.07.2016, 2016Conference Paper, 2016
  • C Poulter, Now you see me - now you don't: Collaboration and cloaks of invisibility, Conversations on Collaborations, Waterford IT, 22-23.04.16, 2016Conference Paper, 2016
  • Poulter C, Playing The Game, Palgrave, 1987Book, 1987
  • Children of The Troubles in, editor(s)Sue Jennings , Dramatherapy Theory and Practice 3, Routledge, 1997, pp304 - 314, [Poulter C]Book Chapter, 1997
  • Poulter C, Playing The (Power) Game, Contemporary Theatre Review, 3, (1), 1995, p9 - 22Journal Article, 1995
  • All Drama entries, Longman-Penguin Encyclopaedia, [Poulter C]Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc
  • Arts Council (Ireland), IETM Plenary 2001, November 2001, 2001, GalwayMeetings /Conferences Organised, 2001
  • Poulter C, Echo - The listening voice , The 14th World Congress 'Drama in education', Burg Schlaining, Austria, 11-17 April , 2003, AITA/IATA in cooperation with the Bundesministerium fir Wissenschaft, Bildung und Kultur (BMWBK),and Pedagogic Institute BurgenlandInvited Talk, 2003
  • The teacher as artist - the artist as teacher in, editor(s)Pádraig Ó Duibhir, Rory McDaid and Andrew O'Shea , All Changed? Culture and Identity in Contemporary Ireland (Cultúr agus Féiniúlacht in Erinn an Lae Inniu), Dublin, Duras Press, 2011, pp179 - 196, [Poulter. C]Book Chapter, 2011
  • "Fair Play to ye" : Aspects of Actor-training as a paradigm for Developing Creativity, Compassion and Citizenship with Children and their teachers in, Elena Xeni , Creative Engagements with Children: Inside and Outside School Contexts, Vol 192 of At the Interface series: Education, 107- 117, , eBook, InterDisciplinary Press , 2011, [Poulter C]Book Chapter, 2011
  • Poulter C, Playing with pain: the need for guardianship in groupwork, New Theatre Quarterly , 23, 2007, p376 - 379Journal Article, 2007
  • Poulter C, Playing The Game: A Drama Workshop Guide , 2nd, Houndmills, Palgrave, 2018, 1 - 267ppBook, 2018
  • Poulter C, Making Sense of Silence: Theatre Techniques as a Way to Explore the Unsaid, The Said and The Unsaid , Dept. of Foreign Languages, University of Vlora "Ismail Qemali" Vlore, Albania, 11-13.09,2010, 2010Conference Paper, 2010
  • Poulter C, Back to life: the case of Mickey B, Crime Across Cultures: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Leeds, 9-10.09.2010, 2010Conference Paper, 2010
  • Poulter C, Bells and Whistles: The Need for Escape Routes in Play, Making sense of : Play , Mansfield College, Oxford, UK, 10-14.07.2012, 2012Conference Paper, 2012
  • Poulter C, The Dock Ward Story: Creating A Fiction To Hold The Facts, Belfast 1991, 1st global conference : Storytelling, Prague, Czech Republic, 13-15.5.2012, 2012Conference Paper, 2012
  • Poulter C, Who Cares? : The Patient as Subject and Object: Using Theatre to Raise Concern, 2nd global conference: The Patient, Prague, Czech Republic, 16-18.5.2012, 2012Conference Paper, 2012
  • Poulter C, "Now you see me, Now you don't "- Acknowledging Disengagement within Group Activities and the Use of Play to Re-engage., Creative Engagements: Thinking with children (7th global conference), Mansfield College, Oxford, UK, 4-6.07.2011, 2011Conference Paper, 2011
  • Poulter C, Breaking the Silence and Getting the Picture, Bullying and the abuse of power (2nd global conference), Prague, Czech Republic, 8-10.11.2010, 2010Conference Paper, 2010
  • Poulter C, The Talking Shop - Stamsund 2012: an intergenerational, intercultural, international experiment in arts education, North of the Arctic Circle, Cultural Encounters and Northern Reflections WAAE Summit 2012, University of Lapland, Roveniemi, Finland, 7-10.11.2012, 2012Conference Paper, 2012
  • Poulter C, "Always sweep in the corners!" : The removal of domestic clues and the domestic class in 'Agatha Christie's Poirot' , Queens of Crime, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 12-13 June 2014, 2014Conference Paper, 2014, URL
  • Poulter C, 'What if' - someone could speak for you and your fears?: a role for story and song for patients-in-waiting and those who will tend them' , 'Tell Me About' public lecture series 2013/14 , School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCD, 24th April , 2014, Jeni Ryan, School of Nursing and Midwifery, TCDInvited Talk, 2014
  • Poulter C, Acting? ... No way! ... : A practical consideration of disengagement, Meeting Minds: Ways of Engagement and Making Sense, TESIS Summer School , Cowdray Hall, Midhurst. UK, 20-26 June, 2014, Dr Nicole Rossmanith,ESR Marie Curie Fellow in the TESIS ITN,Centre for Situated Action and Communication, University of PortsmouthInvited Talk, 2014
  • Poulter C, In-Visibility: Borrowing from Drama training to fast-track the welcome and soothe the sensitivity ... in/to third-level education, GUIDE (Galway University Integration through Drama and Education) Symposium , National University of Ireland, Galway , 31 January 2015, 2015Conference Paper
  • Poulter C, The Theatre and the Visual Arts in Ireland, Trajectories in Irish Modernism, Visual, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Carlow, 3rd April, 2014, Curated by Catherine MarshallInvited Talk

Research Expertise

The application of theatre techniques in non-theatre contexts and communities. My work with theatre workshop techniques centres around the creation of safe spaces in which to express oneself and encounter others - the encounter and expression may be facilitated through theatre techniques but often take place within non-theatre "communities" and contexts. I have developed training models to enable a range of professionals to use this in their own practice.E.g. 1- Peace and reconciliation in collaboration with Co-operation Ireland, the major Peace and Reconciliation organisation in Ireland to develop this use of the arts through the design and implementation of a schools exchange programme in 2004 and 2005. 30 young actors, artists and film-makers were mentored as facilitators on the programme 2- Services marketing A collaboration with Dr Aidan Daly (NUI Galway) who is researching the application of the theatre model to services marketing. This involved a master-class with MBA and undergraduates plus a training for Aer Arran cabin crew in the use of improvisation. 3- Performance essays A performance developed from the responses of performers and others to one or more written text eg play or novel..a form well-known in the world of community plays where the performers are from the community and often it is their responses to their own recorded, remembered histories that form the bedrock of the production. Performers in France, Spain, Greece and Ireland have taken part in 4 such projects to date

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    The design and pilot of a cross-border schools exchange programme working with actors and painters for the Primary programme, actors and film-makers for the secondary programme. The aim of the project was to develop an arts-based exchange programme that would serve the peace-building mission of Co-operation Ireland. The project was also designed as a professional development and mentored apprenticeship for the artists, developing facilitation skills, project design and collaborative working practices. Teachers received induction and training as well as contributing to the evaluation and development of the model for year two and again for final evaluation.
    Funding Agency
    Co-Operation Ireland
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    The Quest
    The development of a model engaging village elders in the primary school local history programme,from which the children produced artwork which then formed the basis for commisioning a professional sculptor to create a sculpture for the school, reflecting the children's artwork. The sculpture was then interpreted by the children for visiting actors (The Questors) who then borrowed the sculpture in the summer holidays and developed a street theatre piece with teenagers from each of the 9 villages involved in the programme. The street theatre told the stories of the villages as it took an audience round the sculpture trail created by bringing all 9 sculptures to each village for their summer festival/fair.
    Funding Agency
    Down Community Arts
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  • Association of Drama Adjudicators 2015
  • Board member IETM (International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts)) ongoing
  • Member Theatre Forum (Ireland)