Events and Activities

Central hosts a number of seminar series, events and lectures. 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. Queer Shifts is an ongoing series of events engaging with LGBTQ voices and practices across and beyond theatre and performance. Queer Shifts is part of Queer Central, a wider range of activities relating to research on LGBTQ performance.

To find out more about these, click on the links above.

Our annual Intersections Conference is led by the Research Degrees community at Central, and seeks to engage with current aesthetic and conceptual discourses in performance research, not only to highlight the diverse research interests at Central, but also to host a range of international scholars from a variety of backgrounds and institutions, addressing points of intersection between disciplines, fields and modes of research.

In addition we regularly host conferences and colloquia on key areas in the discipline with external partners. These include ‘Thomas Ostermeier: Reinventing Directors’ Theatre at the Schaubühne Berlin’ (presented with the Universities of Kent and Essex 2014) and ‘Re-thinking Brecht’, part of Dr. Tom Kuhn’s AHRC-funded ‘Brecht into English’ project with Dr David Barnett (University of Sussex), Professor Steve Giles (University of Nottingham), Dr Tom Kuhn  (University of Oxford) and a cast of Central’s BA actors led by Nick Moseley (2014).

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