Select Publications


2018, Applied theatre: Understanding change, Freebody K; Balfour M; Finneran M; Anderson M, (eds.), Springer

2016, Leadership in Diverse Learning Contexts, Springer International Publishing,

Balfour M; Bundy P; Burton B; Dunn J; Woodrow N, 2015, Applied theatre resettlement: Drama, refugees and resilience, Bloomsbury Methuen

2013, Refugee performance: Practical encounters, Balfour M, (ed.), Intellect

Balfour ML, 2012, Permissions

2009, Performance: In place of war, Thomson J; Hughes J; Balfour M, (eds.), University of Chicago Press

2006, Drama as social intervention, Balfour M; Somers JW, (ed.), Captus University Publications

Balfour M, 2004, Theatre in prison: Theory and practice

2004, Prison theatre: Theory and practice, Balfour M, (ed.), Intellect

2001, Theatre and war: Performance in extremis, 1934-1945, Balfour M, (ed.), Berghahn Books

Book Chapters

Balfour M; Dunn J, 2020, 'Identifying and understanding the notion of quality within an applied theatre project designed to playfully engage people living with dementia', in Breed A; Prentki T (ed.), The Routledge companion to applied performance, Routledge,

Balfour M, 2019, 'In Retrospect: Britain's Policy Of 're-Education'', in The Political Re-Education of Germany and her Allies: After World War II, pp. 139 - 150

Balfour M, 2019, 'The politics of care: Play, stillness and social presence', in Eckersall P; Grehan H (ed.), The Routledge companion to theatre and politics, Routledge, pp. 93 - 97,

Balfour M, 2018, 'Music projects with veteran and military communities', in The Oxford Handbook of Community Music, pp. 555 - 572,

Balfour M; Freebody K, 2018, 'Theories of change: Cultural value and applied theatre', in Freebody K; Balfour M; Finneran M; Anderson M (ed.), Applied theatre: Understanding change, Springer, pp. 19 - 31

Balfour M, 2017, 'Music projects with veteran and military communities', in Bartleet B-L; Higgins L (ed.), The Oxford handbook of community music, Oxford University Press, pp. 101 - 131

Balfour M; Dunn J; Martin K, 2017, 'Playful engagement: Exploring the features of applied theatre approaches to engaging Individuals living with dementia', in McCormick S (ed.), Applied theatre: Creative Ageing, Bloomsbury Methuen, pp. 128 - 149

Balfour M, 2016, 'Performing the promised land: The festivalizing of multi-cultures in the margate exodus project', in The Festivalization of Culture, pp. 207 - 228

Balfour M, 2016, 'The art of facilitation: Tain’t what you do (it’s the way that you do it)', in Preston S (ed.), Applied theatre: Facilitation, Bloomsbury Methuen, pp. 151 - 164

Hassall L; Balfour M, 2016, 'Transitioning home: Research-based theatre with returning servicemen and their families', in Belliveau G; Lea GW (ed.), Research-based theatre: An artistic methodology, Intellect, pp. 103 - 116

Balfour M, 2015, 'A fragile dance: Art and place making in times of war and not war', in Fleming M; Bresler L; O Toole J (ed.), The Routledge international handbook of the arts and education, Routledge, pp. 305 - 314

Whyte T; Matthew C; Balfour M; Murphy L; Hassall L, 2015, 'Getting to know the story of the Boathouse Dances: Football, freedom and rock ‘n’ roll', in McDonald J; Mason R (ed.), Creative communities: Regional social inclusion and the arts, Intellect, pp. 81 - 97

Balfour M, 2015, 'The difficult return: Supporting returning veterans through an arts-based social leadership program', in Johnson G; Dempster N (ed.), Leadership in diverse learning contexts, Springer, pp. 389 - 408,

Balfour M, 2014, 'Performing the promised land: The festivalising of multi-cultures in the Margate Exodus Project', in Bennett A; Taylor J; Woodward I (ed.), Festivalisation of culture, Ashgate Press, pp. 207 - 228

Balfour M; Woodrow N, 2013, 'On stitches', in Balfour M (ed.), Refugee performance: Practical encounters, Intellect, pp. 15 - 34

Balfour ML, 2012, 'Refugee performance: Encounters with alterity', in Refugee Performance Practical Encounters, pp. 213 - 228

Edited Books

Balfour M; Bartleet B-L; Davey L; Rynne J; Schippers H, (eds.), 2019, Performing Arts in Prisons: Creative Perspectives, Intellect, Bristol, UK,

Journal articles

Hatton N; Dunn J; Balfour M, 2019, 'Editorial', Research in Drama Education, vol. 24, pp. 1 - 5,

Balfour M; Sallis R, 2019, 'The tyranny of distance', Applied Theatre Research, vol. 7, pp. 3 - 6,

Dunn J; Balfour M; Moyle W, 2019, 'Quality of life or ‘quality moments of life’: Considering the impact of relational clowning for people living with dementia', Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, vol. 24, pp. 38 - 52,

Balfour M, 2019, 'The difficult return: The arts and social health of returning military personnel. [Special edition: Arts and the military]', Arts in Psychotherapy, vol. 62, pp. 61 - 67,

Balfour M, 2018, 'Disobedient Theatre: Alternative Ways to Inspire, Animate and Play', APPLIED THEATRE RESEARCH, vol. 6, pp. 77 - 79,

Balfour M, 2017, 'Performing Noncitizenship: Asylum Seekers in Australian Theatre, Film and Activism', CONTEMPORARY THEATRE REVIEW, vol. 27, pp. 418 - 420,

Balfour M, 2017, 'Arts, activism and human rights [Special edition in partnership with Amnesty International]', Journal of Arts and Communities, vol. 8, pp. 75 - 92,

Balfour M; Stewart D, 2016, 'Perspectives and contexts of arts, social health and the military', Journal of Arts and Health, vol. 7, pp. 87 - 95,

Balfour M, 2015, 'Humanitarian Performance from Disaster Tragedies to Spectacles of War', NEW THEATRE QUARTERLY, vol. 31, pp. 295 - 295,

Davey L; Day A; Balfour M, 2015, 'Performing desistance: How might theories of desistance from crime help us understand the possibilities of prison theatre?', International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, vol. 59, pp. 798 - 809,

Balfour M; Westwood M; Buchanan ML, 2014, 'Protecting into emotion: Therapeutic enactments with military veterans transitioning back into civilian life', Research in Drama Education, Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, vol. 19, pp. 165 - 181,

Balfour M, 2013, 'Fears of Loss, Tears of Joy: Raun Raun Theatre and Its Role in the Construction of a National Culture in Papua New Guinea', CONTEMPORARY THEATRE REVIEW, vol. 23, pp. 237 - 238,

Balfour M, 2013, 'Acting Together Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict', PEACE REVIEW-A JOURNAL OF SOCIAL JUSTICE, vol. 25, pp. 447 - 453,

Dunn J; Balfour M; Moyle W; Cooke M; Martin K; Crystal C; Yen A, 2013, 'Playfully engaging people living with dementia: Searching for Yum Cha moments', International Journal of Play, vol. 2, pp. 174 - 186,

Balfour M, 2012, 'Mapping realities: Representing war through affective place making', New Theatre Quarterly, vol. 28, pp. 30 - 40,

Balfour M, 2012, 'Refugee performance: Encounters with alterity', Journal of Arts & Communities, vol. 2, pp. 177 - 195,

Balfour M, 2011, 'Theatre in co-communities: articulating power', RIDE-THE JOURNAL OF APPLIED THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE, vol. 16, pp. 127 - 130,

Balfour M, 2010, 'Reading Against the Orientalist Grain: Performance and Politics Entwined with a Buddhist Strain', NEW THEATRE QUARTERLY, vol. 26, pp. 395 - 396,

Balfour M, 2010, 'Developing the capacities of applied theatre students to be critically reflective learner-practitioners', Australasian Drama Studies, vol. 57, pp. 54 - 63

Balfour M, 2009, 'The difficult return: Contexts and developments in drama-based work with returned military personnel', Applied Theatre Researcher/IDEA Journal, vol. 10, pp. 1 - 11

Balfour M, 2009, 'The politics of intention: Looking for a theatre of little changes', Research in Drama Education: Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, vol. 14, pp. 347 - 359,

Balfour M, 2007, 'Performing war: ‘Military theatre’ and the possibilities of resistance', Performance Paradigm, vol. 3, pp. 1 - 9

Conference Abstracts

Balfour M, 2019, 'Shakespeare in prisons conference, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, Friday 23rd–25th March 2018', in Research in Drama Education, Vol. 24, pp. 209 - 210,

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