Our Research Aims

AHRC funded research project: Challenging concepts of ‘liquid’ place through performance practices in community contexts 2011-2014. Principal Investigator Professor Sally Mackey. (Photographer – Dayna Brannick)

Research@Central is characterised by diversity and internationalism, and informed by industry connections of the staff, bridging the creative industries and the academy, and producing a range of outputs relating to theatre and performance practices and practice research.

Our Research Aims drive our strategy, plans and action:

  • To undertake and disseminate research of the highest quality, across a range of forms within academic contexts and with a reach to local, national and international communities.
  • To unite creativity and intellectual enquiry with professional practices and radical innovation.
  • To investigate (through exploratory, innovative practice and scholarship) theatre and its ongoing relevance to, and impact on, culture and society.
  • To develop an ethos that combines theoretical pursuits with an understanding of the intellectual needs and aspirations of contemporary professional practice – through experiment, innovation and critical enquiry.
  • To provide ethical leadership to the discipline across areas of advocacy, legacy and innovation.
  • To promote and engage in research-led and research-informed teaching.
  • To offer graduate training of the highest order, educating future generations of theatre researchers and innovative practitioners.

Research at Central