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Research at Central

Our research explores contemporary practices of theatre-making and performance as well as their cultural histories and lineages. It interrogates theatre and performance both in themselves and in interplay with other disciplines, as well as their wider socio-cultural, institutional, political, and socio-economic contexts and conditions. We place the communities and audiences that performance serves at the forefront of our research, advocating for theatre’s impact and ongoing cultural, political and social significance. Our research culture embraces a wide range of perspectives, methods and techniques. We work across and between art forms – from theatre and dance to film, live art, and performance – to develop new thinking with the latest technologies and techniques, realised in dialogue with artists, academics, participants and audiences. Our research attends to performance’s manifold genealogies. Produced by a diverse team of researchers working across 11 languages, it celebrates theatre and performance’s transnational and transhistorical contexts. We are committed to the highest ethical standards and to proactively embracing diversity in our research. We believe that recognising, understanding, respecting and valuing our differences leads us closer to excellence in everything we do.

Research at Central - It’s the Skin You’re Living In (Fevered Sleep, 2014). Film still.

What's On in Research

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Engage with our research culture, find out what's happening in Research, explore our archive of events and find an overview of our public-facing research activities

Research: Who We Are

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Get to know our researchers, find out about the eminent scholars and researchers we welcome as Professorial and Visiting Fellows, and more information on our Associate Artists, Fevered Sleep.

Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD)

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Find out about MPhil and PhD study at Central, including PhD Supervisors, Resources and Facilities, Visiting Associate Students & International Exchanges and the application process.

Engage With Research Online

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Find out how you can engage with Research at Central online, including our Theatre Matters blog, Research office contact details, Twitter, and Central Research and Creativity Online, Central's open access repository of research and other creative outputs.