Centre for Performance and Creative Exchange

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The Research Centre for Performance & Creative Exchange offers a forum for the exchange of energy and ideas about histories, theories, and practices of theatre, performance and live art. It seeks to place cutting edge work by visiting scholars and artists in conversation with the research of staff and students, and asks how shared strands of thought can be developed, circulated, revised and augmented.

The Centre cultivates avenues of engagement and collaboration with a particular focus on:

  • subjectivity and experimentation;
  • questions of gender, race and sexuality;
  • under-represented histories and new historiographical methods;
  • institutional critique;
  • interdisciplinarity;
  • practice as research;
  • and work that is international in its focus and aims.

At the core of the Centre’s activities are free public talks and seminars with guest speakers, which run through the academic year. This includes national and international visitors, and we have recently hosted artists and scholars from Africa, Australia, Europe, and North America. Opportunities for graduate students in the Department of Drama, Theatre & Performance to generate and participate in research events are also co-ordinated through the Centre. 

For more information please contact:
Dr Eleanor Roberts
Dr Johanna Linsley, Research Facilitator (part-time)

Events 2018-19

  • 3rd October 5.30-7pm - Book launch: Ioana Szeman (University of Roehampton), Staging Citizenship: Roma, Performance and Belonging in EU Romania with guest speaker Adriana Diaconu
  • 17th October 5-6.30pm – Book launch: Leslie Hill (University of Roehampton), Sex, Suffrage & The Stage: First Wave Feminism in British Theatre
  • 7th November 5.30-7.30pm - Erin Manning (SenseLab / Concordia University), ‘Me Lo Dijo un Pajarito – Neurodiversity, Black Life and the University as we Know It’. This event is funded by TECHNE and organised by Adrian Heathfield. Please book your ticket here.
  • 28th November 5-6.30pm - David Linton (Kingston University), ‘Performances of Contradiction: Women in London West End Revue of the Early Twentieth Century’
  • 5th December 5-6.30pm – Eva Bentcheva (Haus der Kunst, Munich), ‘Contextualising “Experimentalism” in Performance Art from Southeast Asia, 1960s to the Present’
  • 13th December 5.30-7.30pm - Daphne Brooks (Yale University), ‘“If You Should Lose Me”: The Archive, the Critic, the Record Shop and the Blues Woman’. This event is funded by TECHNE and organised by P.A. Skantze. Please book your ticket here


All talks are free and all are welcome. The venue, Jubilee Building Theatre / Studio is fully accessible (on a single floor level, with widened doors, and accessible toilet via access ramp); however please email the organisers if you have any queries about access. Jubilee Building is number D5 on the campus map.