The Performance Research Forum (PRF)

The Performance Research Forum hosts a range of events, talks and presentations.

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The Performance Research Forum is the Department of Theatre & Performance’s long-running public research event series.

The PRF benefits Goldsmiths’ scholarly community both by contributing towards undergraduate and postgraduate research, and by providing a meeting ground between practitioners and researchers, and between students and staff.

A Performance Research Forum event might be a platform for decoding an unfamiliar form of theatre or performance, or the opportunity for an artist to share and discuss their work with the audience. The events reflect the breadth of our department’s undergraduate and postgraduate curricula and the scope of academic research conducted by staff, embracing Live Art, multimedia and dance alongside theatre as a literary form.

Crucially, the Performance Research Forum emphasises our department’s focus on work beyond European cultural traditions, reflecting the cultural diversity of our students and the city in which Goldsmiths is situated.

Highlights from the PRF series have included

  • Mojisola Adebayo
  • Mark Thomas
  • Shazia Mirza
  • Alan Davies
  • Topher Campbell
  • Sophie Sleigh-Johnson
  • Franko B
  • Ron Athey
  • Kira O’Reilly
  • Sally Jacobs
  • Tim Etchells
  • PhelimMcDermott

Upcoming events

PRF presents Richard Shannon and Nicholas McInerny - Tuesday 6 June 2023, RHB 154, 6pm (doors open 5.30pm)

This PRF will introduce two new plays in progress: Iran Play (working title) by Richard Shannon, and Common People by Nicholas McInerny.

The event will comprise a paper delivered by playwright and PhD researcher Richard Shannon, as well as the performance of illustrative scenes from both plays. The paper and plays explore the dramaturgy of human rights and sexuality, with Richard’s project focussing on representations and oppression of the LGBTQ+ community in Iran.


The Performance Research Forum Gallery

The Performance Research Forum is an excellent new model of imparting knowledge through the representation and discussion of artists' practices within a structured but informal context that is particularly geared to facilitating debate. The artists who have contributed […] represent some of the most influential and innovative practitioners of their generation.

Lois Keidan: Director, Live Arts Development Agency (LADA)

For further information, please email the Performance Research Forum team