Forthcoming events

We curate a diverse programme of events, consisting of workshops, seminars, lectures, symposia and performances.  The majority of our events are open to public audiences. Unless otherwise stated, they are free of charge to attend. Some of our events during the course of a year will address a particular research theme. For 2017-18, our theme is night-life.


Nights at the Circus
Friday 17 November 2017, 6-8pm, G10

In a post-apocalyptic world the circus is forced to perform. As the night plays out the performers slip between their stage personas and the person they dream to be; trapped by their own desires and lusting after new sensations. A collaboration between learning-disabled and non-disabled artists exploring sex, desire and violence.

16+. Running time: 55 mins + post-show Q&A with director Fauve Alice.

Presented by Fauve Alice and Spare Tyre

Hosted by Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre with support from Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality

Places are free but booking is essential. Click here to book.


Two-Lane Black Top
Monday 27 November, 2pm, Birkbeck Cinema

Join us for a screening of Monte Hellman’s iconic road movie Two Lane Black Top (102 mins), with introduction and discussion by Centre Fellow Andrew Dickson.


Theatre Conversation: Hannah Khalil
Monday 11 December 2017, 7.30pm, G10

Join us for a dialogue between playwright Hannah Khalil and screenwriter and Birkbeck lecturer Daragh Carville. Irish-Palestinian playwright Hannah Khalil is one of the most exciting new voices in British theatre. Her play Scenes from 68* Years ran at the Arcola Theatre in 2016 and has been nominated for the James Tate Black Award. Her new play The Scar Test opened at the Soho Theatre in July 2017.

Researching (with) Difficult Feelings
Thursday 14-Friday 15 December 2017, Keynes Library

This two-day training workshop aimed at CHASE PhD students focuses on the study of and dealing with difficult feelings in theatre, performance and humanities research. The Friday keynote by Jennifer Doyle is open to the public, though places are limited. For more information, visit here.

GRiT: Graduate Research in Theatre

Graduate Research in Theatre is our termly research seminar, featuring presentations by visiting scholars, faculty and graduate students.

Autumn term: Thursday 2 November, 4pm, G04: Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal (Birkbeck)