The place to come for the latest thinking, newest ideas in collaborations between theatre makers and academics.

Performing Research returns to Northern Stage

7pm, 26th November.

Tickets: £5 online via Northern Stage or call 0191 230 5151.3

“Very exciting, interesting and truthful.” 

“Really interesting and enjoyable – will be thinking more about my habits in the future!” – Audience Feedback for Performing Research Feb 2015

Discover innovative, enthralling and surprising performances where the newest ideas meet theatre.

Performing Research is back with a scratch night of brand new theatre created and performed by researchers at Newcastle University.

This time we are looking at three pieces of research; an investigation into the #thisgirlcan fitness campaign; how the government has worked out that Britain is 7.2 out of 10 happy and why they might want to do this; and a look at how our eyes and ears work together by delving into the depths of our brains – don’t worry no audience participation needed for this one!

Created and performed by the researchers themselves, in collaboration with Cap-a-Pie and associates – Josh Coates and Rebecca Louise Collins – this night is completely new and has been pioneered, developed and produced in Newcastle.

The pieces have been developed as part of Cap-a-Pie’s residency at Newcastle University where academics explore their research, alongside artists, in a creative and collaborative environment.

What does it mean to say ‘I rate my happiness as 7 on a scale of 0 to 10’? – Matt Jenkins

Investigating the new campaign This Girl Can – Laura Richards

“I’ve tested visual perception in humans, birds and bees. What I’ve found surprising is that, despite the huge differences in brain size and structure, all animal species seem to recognise objects in similar ways.” – Quoc Vuong

Sign up for Performing Research at Newcastle University

Performing Research

Performing Research – Studio is open to all Newcastle University staff and students who are keen to work in a creative and cross-disciplinary context.

“One thing I really liked was the notion of embodying research and I think it allows you to think differently about it, gives you a completely different perspective.  It’s a shift and I found that very valuable.”

“It validated creative interests outside of work, I made connections and imaginative leaps and it was a supportive and a safe place to learn.”

“I’ve never seen anything that’s as inter-disciplinary as this, ever.”

Join the Performing Research group and explore how theatre and drama can be used to develop public engagement and academic impact and complement your research and teaching skills!

Thursdays: 8th October – 26th November

Culture Lab, Newcastle University & Ouseburn Farm

6:15pm: unstructured activities

6:45pm – 8:45pm: workshop

8:45pm – 9:15pm: open reflection session

Please wear comfortable clothes and be ready to join in. You really don’t need any theatrical experience. An open mind and a willingness to get involved by sharing your creative and critical thinking is all we ask for.

This project has limited availability so please book early via our sign up form – or by calling Katy on 07796 478 024.

Insect Drama WorkshopInsect Blog Series – Cap-a-Pie

Blogs from creative team at Cap-a-Pie detailing their experiences of making ‘The Insect Show’ with families who visit Ouseburn Farm and Dr Vivek Nityananda from Newcastle University.

1st Insect Drama Workshop – Blogs from Cap-a-Pie

Insect Blog – Post-workshop, day 2

Insect Blog – Post-workshop, day 3

Insect Blog – Post Workshop Day 4

Insect Blog – Post-workshop, day 8

Insect Blog – Post-workshop, day 9

Insect Blog – Post-workshop, day 10

INSECT BLOG – Post-project


Art & Astronomy Open Evening at Bayfordbury Observatory (March 2014)

As part of its programme of Open Evenings, the Bayfordbury Observatory (at the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Astrophysics Research) designed an event that revolved around the synergy between art and astronomy.

A programme was carefully devised, featuring a variety of artists who gathered at Bayfordbury from all over the country. The evening included an art exhibition, clay-modelling workshops for children and the performance of several sections of the play ‘Silent Sky’ that tells the story of nineteenth century astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt.

For more information on this Open Evening go to:


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