Testimony in Practice

Working with the Stories of the Self and Others


Welcome to the website for the AHRC-funded project Testimony in Practice: Working with Stories of the Self and Others, which ran from March 2019 to February 2020. We are a team of researchers and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and fields seeking to explore how telling life stories through different kinds of cultural practice can empower individuals, transform understandings of the past and present and produce art that has a real impact on people’s lives. Our focus is on the lived experiences of migrants from Central and Eastern Europe now living in the UK.

The major outputs of the project were an innovative theatre production, a multi-media exhibition, and a series of workshops. We have developed a unique and cross-sector method for putting testimony into practice. The free-to-download Testimony in Practice Guide summarises this method and will be of interest to artistic practitioners across sectors, especially theatre, creative writing and community-based arts. It is co-authored by the academics and artists involved in the project: Sara Jones, Emilie Pine, Carmen-Francesca Banciu, Eugenio Szwarcer, Carles Fernández and Phil Holyman.

The guide can be read alongside our short film about the collaboration: “Making Of A Land Full of Heroes.