Darren Tunstall

Darren Tunstall

Programme Leader, MA Acting, Associate Professor
PhD, MA Hons (Cantab), FHEA
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JUDITH MARGUERITE Marguerite GENTLE, AF Shaheen, DARREN TUNSTALL, PETER JOHN HEGARTY (2020)Perceptions of coordinated movement, In: Human movement science74102711 Elsevier B.V

Humans are highly social creatures who use others' movements to evaluate their social competencies. Smooth movement specifically signals an attractive, trustworthy or competent person. Those with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), have peer relationship difficulties and lower sociometric preference scores. However, the relationship of perception of poor movement coordination to stereotyping has not been directly demonstrated. We aimed to describe typically developing individuals' social stereotyping of individuals with and without DCD from minimal visual cues. 3D motion capture tracked the movement of four ‘targets’ (two adult males with DCD and two male controls) in a variety of everyday scenarios. Kinematic footage of the target's movements was presented as a point-light-display to 319 typically developing adults who used The Rating Scale of Social Competence to report perceptions of the target's social competencies. Targets with DCD were rated as having significantly lower social competence (M = 3.37, SD = 0.93) than controls (M = 3.46, SD = 0.89) t(269) = −5.656; p 

D Tunstall (2017)Lecoq and Shakespeare, In: M Evans, R Kemp (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq(30) Routledge

This chapter will show how an actor who has been trained in what I will call “the Lecoq tradition” may approach the rehearsal of Shakespeare’s text. No one can legitimately claim to make statements that are true in all contexts for all actors who have come into contact with Lecoq’s work. It is possible, however, to argue for patterns of agenda, vocabulary and approach, and in trying to do so I will draw largely upon Ariane Mnouchkine’s production of Richard II (1981) for her company Théâtre du Soleil. In addition, I will refer to two productions of Shakespeare I directed, for which my approach was influenced by Lecoq’s ideas: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009) and Macbeth (2011), both at St Peter’s Arts Centre, Preston in the UK. I will also mention in passing two productions of Shakespeare plays by Theatre de Complicite for elements of supporting evidence.

D Tunstall (2016)Shakespeare and Gesture in Practice Palgrave MacMillan

This is the first study of gesture in Shakespeare, tackling not only those gestures declared in the text, but also drawing on recent scholarship on kinesics and gestural codes to shed new light on practice. Through theoretical and practical analysis of the role of gesture, Tunstall argues that it must be seen within a network of non-verbal acts.

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