Royal Central is home to the following research centres:
Comprising an eclectic field of theatre practice, this Centre privileges work where drama is used for, with and by people in a range of different settings, frequently outside theatres.
Research is intended to activate shifts or changes in participants through performance-related practices in a range of community, health, social, therapeutic or education settings.
Alternatively, work might emanate from theatre and be disseminated into social settings with impacts beyond its original context.
Research has two particular intentions:
- to develop new practices and thinking in this field encouraging cross- and inter-disciplinary explorations
- to research manifestations of performance, theatre, drama in 'real world' contexts, in connection with our near industries.
The centre captures current and emerging research undertaken by staff and research students at Central and 'houses' funded research projects. It is intended, also, as a resource for international and national researchers with a particular interest in this area of work.
Centre Director: Professor Sally Mackey
The centre brings together traditional scholars and practitioner-researchers to explore and develop both written and practical scholarly research into puppetry, object theatre and related forms, through laboratory-based experimental and applied practice, and through engagement with research into historical approaches, forms and perspectives and contemporary puppetry and object theatre internationally.
It provides a focus for UK-based puppetry research to:
- document and archive processes and projects
- disseminate research findings through publication, performance, national and international networks, conferences and related meetings.
Puppetry and object theatre research is an emergent and exciting new field; high-profile companies such as English National Opera, the National Theatre, Complicite and Blind Summit, as well as individual practitioners, now use puppetry regularly.
CROPP hosts part of the unique Puppet Centre Trust’s archive and collaborates with the Little Angel Theatre, Theatre-Rites and other companies to explore and extend traditional understandings of puppetry and objects in performance.
Centre Director: Cariad Astles
The aim of the centre is to generate and share knowledge about current and emergent production processes, technologies and outputs, relating these to the fields of theatre and performance, and to cultural production more widely. Though there is an emphasis on the impact of digital culture, it is recognised that the domain has a history in analogue culture, and is dynamic.
It explores the premise that an increasing range of contemporary theatre and performance work is ‘intermedial’ (work, that is, in which different media are combined, fused or productively co-related). It recognises that ‘intermediality’ has become current both as a term within performance and cultural discourse and as a set of practices across media.
The Centre for Intermediality in Performance is international in its outlook, featuring and exploring work by worldwide scholars and practitioner-researchers.
Centre Director: Professor Robin Nelson
The International Centre for Voice (ICV) is a membership organisation that facilitates continuing professional development in voice practitioners and researchers, acts as a hub for information and activities for voice alumni and increasingly undertakes research at the acting, movement & voice node
Research aims to
- be recognised internationally for a leading role in research in theatre and performance
- retain, attract and support researchers (including practice-based researchers) whose work is of the highest quality
- develop strategic alliances with key national and international partners including the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Conservatoire for Scotland, and VASTA in the United States, amongst others.
Centre Director: Jane Boston