Dr Romany Reagan

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Abney Rambles: Performing Heritage as an Audio Walking Practice in Abney Park Cemetery

Romany Reagan received her doctorate from Royal Holloway, University of London in performing heritage, with a focus on community engagement. Her practice-based research project ‘Abney Rambles’ is a series of four audio walks written for Abney Park cemetery. Through the use of artistic interventions engaging with four facets of heritage within the space, audio technology, and social media, she has aimed to expand the digital footprint of Abney Park cemetery to reach diverse audiences and forge relationships with community groups through invitations to interact with the layered heritage of the cemetery. Her continued work with Abney Park aims to engage the local community of Stoke Newington, the wider community of Hackney, and all visitors to the cemetery, with the space and to offer different perspectives on what a cemetery can represent within its local community.

Reagan’s walk ‘Crossing Paths/Different Worlds in Abney Park Cemetery’ was published in Ways to Wander (Triarchy Press, 2015) Twitter: @msromany

Areas of interest encompass: psychogeography, mourning practices, ‘The Good Death’, anachronistic space, theatre archaeology, heterotopias, gothic sensibility, liminal spaces, human geography, the uncanny, thanatourism, dark tourism, and the Victorian ‘Cult of the Dead’. 

Her walks in Abney Park Cemetery, and further information, are available on her website: Abney Rambles – Audio Walks in Abney Park Cemetery

Other work

Romany Reagan is a guest keynote speaker at museums internationally, including the Morbid Anatomy Museum; Brooklyn, New York; Geffrye Museum, London; Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret, London;  Barts Pathology Museum in London, and has been interviewed for short films and a documentary on Channel 4. She wrote a site-place promenade play titled ‘Borderland’, set in Abney Park cemetery, that will be produced under her theatre company Strange Productions in 2019.

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