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Research at Central

Our research explores contemporary practices of theatre-making and performance as well as its cultural histories and lineages. It interrogates theatre and performance both in themselves and in interplay with other disciplines. It attends to performance’s different cultural genealogies, celebrating theatre’s transnational and transhistorical contexts, with researchers working across 11 languages. It places the communities and audiences theatre serves at the forefront - advocating for the ongoing cultural, political and social significance of theatre. Our research culture embraces a wide range of perspectives, while working across and between art forms – theatre, dance, film, live art, and performance. We are committed to the highest standards of research, embracing innovative and diverse methodologies, new thinking with the latest technologies and techniques, realised in dialogue with artists, academics and audiences. 

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.