Central hosts events, productions, exhibitions, festival, talks, seminars and lectures, and open events such as taster workshops and talks throughout the year, many of which are open to the public.
These are bookable via our Events Calendar page. Some events are free and some charge a fee.
The Design & Crafts Exhibition (April) is a showcase of the work of final year students specialising as prop makers, lighting designers, puppeteers, stage designers, costume makers, sound designers, scenic artists, and scenic constructors on the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice programme. Students exhibit their best work from their three years of training across the school.
The Brink Festival (June) brings together the performance practitioner-researchers of the MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research to present their ongoing explorations to an audience.
Public Productions are programmed through the year and are open to the public. These take place in the Embassy Theatre and the Webber Douglas Studio and involve BA Theatre Practice students and BA Acting or students from the MA performance working with professionals and Central staff. The work ranges from a large-scale ‘book’ musical to smaller, more intimate studio pieces performed by, for example, our BA Acting (Collaborative and Devised) course.
For one week in June, MA/MFA Scenography students develop their final projects in the live context of an open studio type of exhibition. People are invited to see the works as they evolve during the week, culminating with a Closing Event towards the end of the week.
Open events include a Postgraduate Open Evening and course-specific events for people to come and meet staff and current students and to find out more about our taught courses.
The Research department hosts a number of seminar series, events and lectures. To detail a few, the public-facing Theatre Workings involves renowned practitioners and eminent academics sharing new developments and findings. The methodology-driven Practices and Processes is a space for discussing work-in-progress, often involving a cluster or panel of researchers coming together to discuss a core issue or thematic. Central Interviews brings leading industry professionals to the School to discuss their creative practice. The annual Edward Gordon Craig Lecture presented in association with the Society for Theatre Research, provides a space for international practitioners in the area of design to give a talk on an area of practice.