Whether engaged in practice or text-based research, we focus on the complex ways performance(s) interact in the public sphere, producing as well as representing myriad modes of social practice, aesthetic expression, and political intervention. Above all, we aim to enhance understanding of the role and function of theatre and performance in social and cultural life. Our research is transnational, collaborative and interdisciplinary, and adopts many approaches including cultural histories of theatre and performance, community-based projects, ethnographic research, performance analysis, archival research, practice-as-research, performance pedagogies and technology enabled networks. Our research is focused on the following main - but overlapping - research themes:
We believe that research into theatre history and contemporary theatre and performance practice contributes important social and cultural insights for society.
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The department has a vibrant postgraduate research culture: find out more about what our postgrads are researching here.