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.


Queer Nights
Friday 19 January 2018, 6.30pm
G10, Birkbeck School of Arts

A bold and original one-man performance interrogating Queer night-life – the sixth show to be premiered at Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre by Martin Lewton and award-winning Theatre North. Contains nudity, strong language and challenging content.

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


Coming out in contemporary Russia: a screening and discussion
Friday 2 February 2018, 6.30pm
Room tbc, Birkbeck School of Arts

In June 2013, the Russian Parliament passed a law banning so-called ‘homosexual propaganda’. Since that time, artists and activists working on LGBT issues in Russia have become vulnerable to fines and state censorship. Nonetheless, in 2016, theatre director Anastasia Patlai premiered her documentary play Coming Out of the Closet at Moscow’s only independent theatre venue, Teatr.doc. The production stages a series of verbatim interviews to tell the stories of people who have come out of the closet in Russia and explores how the experience has shaped their relationships to their families.

Join us for a screening of a filmed version of the live performance with text translated by Molly Flynn, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Birkbeck. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring director Anastasia Patlai and historian of gender and sexuality in Russia Irina Roldugina (University of Oxford).

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


Dances with Worms
Monday 26 March 2018, 7pm
G10, Birkbeck School of Arts

The Earthworm is ignored. It’s time to make amends. We need to make friends with the things on which we depend. What happens to a worm when it is cut in half? What kinds of conversations can we have with the great excavators? Let Doctor Bruno take you on a journey. It’s not the usual kind of journey. Beginning in a silvery bath of moonlight on the surface, we’ll be going down into the darkness: the pitch-black world of the Earthworm.

No non-humans will be harmed during this performance.
Not suitable for those with a fear of the dark.
Refreshments will be served.

Conceived and performed by Bruno Roubicek
Scenography by Sophie Jump
Dramaturgy by Hester Chillingworth
Worm Consultancy by Iris Borgers
Production Assistance by Egija Kalnina

With thanks to Grow Mayow Community Garden and Corkscrew: Practice-based/led research at Birkbeck.

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


Call for Participants for Conversations/Papers/Performances
Creative Climate
Tuesday 8 May 2018
CFP deadline: Thursday 1 March 2018

Keynote Speakers:

Zoë Svendsen (Artistic Director, METIS)
Jonathan Bartley (Co-Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales)

This one-day symposium explores new critical-creative responses to climate change in performance, and discusses performance as a space of engagement with and communication of the larger-than-human issue of climate crisis (particularly in relation to the post-political climate). The symposium aims to generate vigorous conversation through dialogue-panels in which artists and scientists/academics pair up and have a discussion following their individual talks about their works. Hence, we call for artists, scientists and academics from all disciplines whose work explores climate change and who would be interested in participating in a dialogue-discussion.

Each participant will have 10-15 minutes presentation to talk about climate change in relation to their work (or others’ work) and/or respond to a topic decided together with his/her peer, and then, the duo will have approximately 15 minutes to have a conversation between each other and with the audience.

Please send your proposals for papers, performances and provocations (max. 250 words) to by Thursday 1 March 2018.

Please include full name of the author/s, institutional and departmental affiliation and contact details in the proposal file.

After the receipt of the proposals we will match the artists and scientists, but please do not hesitate to let us know if you are already working on a project with an artist/scientist.

The symposium concludes with Birkbeck’s artist-in-residence Lily Hunter Green’s Bee Composed Live exhibition and a wine reception at the Keynes Library.

There are no fees for this event but spaces are limited and can be booked online here.