„Revealing a Cover Star‟ Reflections on Becoming a Cover Star

  • James Woolley

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Arts


Becoming a Cover Star was an MA Practice-as-Research dissertation performance, curated, created and performed by James Woolley, in September 2010. This critical reflection aims to interrogate Woolley‟s approach in the realisation of his task, his presentation of the live performance, his methods of creating material and his reflections on the future manifestation of the live performance.

Becoming a Cover Star allowed me to explore the notion of curatorship and archival practice, through the medium of performance. As a young scholar and performance maker I had identified specific areas that I wished to address through the making of performance. In my previous endeavours my practice has concerned itself with: the body in performance, performance documentation, autobiography, installation art and queer identities. However, I wanted this process to allow new interests to be explored and consolidated. Over the period of seventeen weeks I attempted to address issues of archival practice, participatory methods for making performance, and the abolishment of a linear dramaturgical structure. This culminated in the presentation of Becoming a Cover Star.

The performance drew on donations from practicing artists, academics and students of the performance discipline as I asked them for their most memorable moment of performance (please refer to appendix 1 for the original call for donations). From these donations I created a performance based on re-interpretations of the moments, and their manifestation in a living performance archive
Date of Award2011
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Aberystwyth University
SupervisorRichard Gough (Supervisor)

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