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Professor Richard Gough
Professor of Music & Performance – Faculty of Creative Industries, USW (Cardiff)
Emeritus Professor Theatre & Performance – Aberystwyth University
Fellow of the International Research Centre <Interweaving Performance Cultures> - Freie Universität Berlin
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
Tel/Ffôn: 01443 668564
Professor of Music and Performance/ Athro mewn Cerddoriaeth a Pherfformiad
Faculty of Creative Industries/Cyfadran y Diwydiannau Creadigol
University of South Wales/Prifysgol De Cymru,
Adam Street/Heol Adam,
REF Lead for FCI
Teaching on BA (Hons) Theatre and Drama
Member of the FCI Research Committee
General Editor: Performance Research (journal and book series)
Independent of USW/FCI:
Director: Centre for Performance Research (CPR)
Director: CPR Resource Centre, Collections and International Theatre Collection (ITC)
Advisory Board Member: Digital Theatre +
Theories and concepts of performance and world theatre (nonwestern theatre/performance); dramaturgy and comparative dramaturgy (specifically Indian, Japanese and Chinese dance/theatres); history and function of European laboratory theatres; 20th Century theatre directing, devising theatre and multi-sensory theatre; performance, process and documentation; performance food and cookery.
Directing and facilitating theatre and performance productions:
Like Water for Chocolate – as part of the Mexico Theatre Festival autumn 2018
Dziady – as part of the Polish Theatre Festival autumn 2019
Supervising PhD and MPhil candidates
Performance in relation to other disciplines and artistic and social pursuits – current concerns include performance and photography; performance and tourism; performance, health and medicine and an ongoing interest in performance food and cookery.
Artistic led research/practice and practical creative work as a curator, devisor and director.
Richard Gough was born in North Wales, went to school in Hereford, grew up in Cardiff and began working with Cardiff Laboratory Theatre at the age of eighteen. As Artistic Director of Centre for Performance Research (1987 -), and its predecessor CLT (1979 – 86), he has curated and organised numerous international theatre projects which include conferences, research projects, summer schools, workshop programmes, and international festivals, as well as producing nationwide tours of experimental theatre and traditional dance/ theatre ensembles from around the world. He has directed over seventy productions many of which have toured Europe and he has lectured and led workshops throughout Europe and in China, Japan, India, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Brazil, Philippines and Kenya.
Richard Gough was the founding President of Performance Studies international (PSi) and developed the association between 1997 and 2001 and directed the 5th PS conference Here Be Dragons in 1999. Extending his interest in the education of young people and the promotion of a world view of theatre, he was the Chief Examiner, Theatre Arts (world-wide) for the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) 2002-05 and supervised the re-writing of the curriculum for that programme.
He published his first journal at the age of nineteen – Masquerade – containing articles by Barba, Brook, Grotowski and Kantor, as an initiative of Cardiff Laboratory Theatre and has continued throughout the past 45 years to publish books, magazines and programmes as a part of the multi-faceted CPR (editing, writing and curating). He is the General Editor and co-founder of Performance Research (The Journal of Performance Arts published as eight themed issues annually by Routledge, Taylor & Francis). He is series editor and publisher of Black Mountain Press (a division of CPR) and founded Performance Research Books which is an independent venture of Performance Research the journal. Performance Research Books comprises three complementary series and has already published twelve titles. He co-edited A Performance Cosmology – the 30th year anniversary book of CPR published by Routledge (2006) and edited the 100th anniversary issue of Performance Research – On Reflection: Turning 100. His major publishing ambition is to write on artists’ engagement with food throughout the twentieth century through a project entitled Leaving the Table. He has also served on the editorial boards of nine theatre/dance/performance journals (print and on-line projects) and continues to advise two major UK publishers.
His own performance work in relation to performance, food and cookery continues to develop with a series of productions and installations based around the theme of ‘Last Supper’ and an evolving sequence of performance banquets for a variety of international events and conferences realised in America, Europe and Australasia. He has a developing interest - both theoretical and practical - in the relationships between performance, photography and portraiture as well as relationships between documentation, process, and performance: he continues to develop the CPR Resource Centre and Collections and plans a major research project exploring the relationship of the archive and archiving to performance.
Performance Research (Journal) – Editors’ website:
Performance Research (Journal) – Publisher’s website:
Centre for Performance Research
Awards & Honours:
Project Management and Budgetary Responsibility:
As Director of the Centre for Performance Research Ltd, Richard Gough has been responsible for the realisation of complex national and international projects involving several hundred scholars and practitioners in any one year. Working in close association with CPR Executive Producers since 1986, and a team of administrators and Project Directors in various combinations across the last thirty five years, Richard Gough has been accountable to the CPR Board of Directors (and formerly Trustees), UA/CPR Management Committee, Funding Authorities & Councils for project budgets of between £20,000 and £350,000.
Across forty years work in excess of nine million pounds worth of arts and research funding has been effectively and responsibly managed by Gough, Christie and Gethin - with and through CPR. Richard Gough is currently principle investigator, consultant and co–investigator on several research projects (some of which are seeking AHRC support) and CPR is lead partner and co-partner on several major international bids and collaborations and was the holder and Principal Investigator of a Leverhulme International Network Grant (2012-2014).
Selected Performances & Installations in the Public/Professional Domain (recent):
After the Earthquake in Chile (theatre production and performative banquet) – with the Free Theatre Company and the community of Addington, Christchurch, New Zealand, October 2011
Out of the Box: Unfolding Feasts / Allan o'r Blwch : Agor Gwleddoedd (Exhibition, film, installation and performance meal) with Iachus gyda’n gilydd / Healthy Togetherand Ymlaen Ceredigion, Aberaeron, Wales, July 2011
Over the Hill (performance installation) – Camillo 2.0 PSi#17, Utrecht, Netherlands, May 2011
Savouring Androscoggin County (installation and performance meal) Bates Mill, Lewiston/Auburn, Maine, USA, April 2008
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group London and New York 2006
I SBN 0-415-37358-5
o The Courage to Create: Food, Alchemy, Objects and Performance - Selected interviews with Richard Gough
o From the Laboratory to the Centre: History, Training, the Academy and the Book-Selected interviews with Richard Gough:
o Richard Gough: Perfect Time: Imperfect Tense
o Towards Tomorrow? Restoring Disciplinary Limits and Rehearsals in Time? Richard Schechner interviewed by Richard Gough
In addition to curating and editing the issue RG co-authored the Editorial pp 1 to 7 (DOI: 10.1080/13528160802639128)
The issue also contains an authored article: Back of Beyond pp 123 to 136 (DOI: 10.1080/135281608026394). The journal issue is simultaneously published as a book (ISBN: 978-0-4159440-3).
In addition to curating and editing the issue RG authored the Editorial pp 1 to 8 (DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2013.789236) and a keynote article Burning Bodies: Transformation and fire pp 9 to 23
A Performance Cosmology (with Judie Christie), London, Routledge 2006
Special Journal Issues (published as books)
Performance Research: Performatics (with Grezorz Zulkowski)
Performance Research: On Appearance (with Adrian Kear), London, Routledge 2008
Performance Research: Performing Literatures (with Stephen Bottoms) Routledge 2009
Performance Research: On Training (with Simon Shepherd) Routledge 2009
Performance Research: Performing Publics (with Laura Levin and Marlis Shweitzer) London, Routledge 2011
Performance Research: On Fire, London, Routledge 2012
Performance Research: On Scenography (with Sodja Lotker), London, Routledge 2013
Performance Research: On Ice, London, Routledge 2013
Performance Research: On Sea/At Sea, (with Sam Trubridge), London, Routledge 2016
Performance Research: On Leftovers, (with Susanne Foellmer), London, Routledge 2017
Performance Research: On Taste, (with Joshua Abrams), London, Routledge 2017
Performance Research: On Reflection: Turning 100, London, Routledge 2018
Performance Research: On Ageing (& Beyond), (with Nanako Nakajima, London, Routledge 2019
Performance Research: On Disfiguration, (with Stephen Barber), London, Routledge 2019
Performance Research: Practices of Interweaving, (forthcoming) London, Routledge 2020
Performance Research: On Hell, (with Geraint D’Arcy - forthcoming) London, Routledge 2020
Series Editor: European Contemporary Classics - Theatre
This is a major series of groundbreaking, authoritative works by scholars and practitioners from throughout Europe. It makes available, in English, new thinking on the practice of theatre, its processes and contexts. It aims to document innovative methods, theories and approaches to making and understanding theatre.
Performance Research Books publishes generously illustrated and finely designed books that present documentation and analysis of contemporary performance practice – through the work of individual artists, companies and ensembles. Each publication combines texts, scores and critical reflection on a distinctive body of work, together with scholarly and theoretical analysis of the practice, the voices of practitioners, the view of the makers and the evidence of the work.
Performance Research Books publishes and commissions work that stems from a scholarly engagement with artist-led research and practice. Each publication seeks a lively conversation between theory and practice and the work is revealed and illuminated through dialogue and discourse exploring a variety of formats: interviews, photo-essays, performance texts, scenographic designs, scores, notes and critical analysis.
Performance Research Books is an independent venture of Performance Research (the journal) and follows and expands the policy of the journal, but opens into publishing monographs, book-works, and singular works on distinctive practice.
Forthcoming titles are:
The first five published titles are:
A book on the inventive collaborations – performances, theatre and journeys – made by the British based artists Whelan and Winters (LT).
Edited by David Williams and Carl Lavery 2012
An analysis of the changed relations between theatre and contemporary reality, between actors and their characters, examining new roles demanded of producers and audiences in the realization of theatrical art.
A book on the radical disability theatre company from Geelong, Australia.
Edited by Helena Grehan and Peter Eckersall 2013
Collected essays, scenarios, play texts, critical reflections by and about the Argentinian theatre artists (writer, singer, director, actor) Lola Arias, whose work stages and blurs ‘real people/participants’ in socio/political performances that develop new forms of verbatim and documentary theatre.
Edited by Peter Eckersall & Kristoff van Baarle
Collected essays, scenarios, scenographic and architectural plans by and about the Belgium visual artist Kris Verdonk whose work is positioned between performance and installation, dance and architecture.
Forthcoming titles are:
Edited by Charlene Rajendran & Richard Gough
Collected essays, scenarios, play texts, critical reflections by and about the Singaporean theatre organisation Drama Box who engage performance to raise social awareness and civic responsibility within specific communities.
Other Publication Projects in Preparation:
This highly illustrated publication (comprising print book, DVD and website) is co-curated by RG and Prof Nicola Savarese (Rome, Italy) and emanates from research they conducted at the IRC, (Interweaving Performance Cultures) Berlin, into the first presentations (response, reception and subsequent staging) of Asian theatres and dance in Europe and the Americas from 1850 to 1950. (Scheduled late 2020).
Edited by Richard Gough
A selection of food and performance related articles gathered together from across all the first 110 issues of Performance Research,
(in preparation - monograph, self-authored by RG)
The research will explore the analogies between theatre making and cookery, performance and gastronomy and to discover what insights (lessons/instructions) one throws onto the other; what commonalities (juxtaposition, mise en place/mise en scene, consumption, excess, minimalism etc) enhance an understanding of composition (and improvisation). To attempt, through food and cookery, to enhance the critical language and theoretical discourse on performance composition (not simply extend discourse on devising, dramaturgy or scenario construction (for example) but to address the paucity in critical facility to rigorously analyse theatre composition. (Scheduled for 2021)
Selected Public Lectures (Outside the Academy)
with Titles & Dates (recent):
Black Gold: The Position of Cardiff Inaugural Cultural Belt & Road Conference, Zuni & Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong, December 2017
Kantor in Cardiff (Wales, UK, 1976) – the impact on a young theatre maker: subsequent
performance amidst detritus, clutter and errant objects.
Cricoteka Museum, Krakow - Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Prize Lecture Tour of Poland
On Climates – RG in Conversation with Judge/Commissioner Prof Kate Auty in the context of keynote dialogues; Performance Studies #22, The Old Meat Market, Melbourne, July 2016
Re-thinking Shiraz/Persepolis Festival – The Whitechapel Gallery, London, May 2015
The Segal Center, New York, December 2014
Made in Italy – on the launch of Valentina Valentini’s PR Book Worlds: Bodies: Matters, Foundation Europa, Rome, Italy, October 2014
Eating Words: Kitchen- Laboratory- Theatre: Odin Teatret: Theatre as a Laboratory for Community Interaction, Holstebro, Denmark, May 2014
Against all Odds: The Work of Kenhailal Heisnam & Kalakshetra Manipur, Imphal University Public Lecture, Imphal, Manipur, India, March 2014
Locating Performance - The Theatre Company, Nairobi, Kenya February 2012
The Ends of Theatre - The Little Theatre, Mombasa, Kenya February 2012
On Food, Christchurch and Earthquakes - NZ National Radio interview and discussion (with Kim Hill – 70 minutes) Wellington, New Zealand, October 2011
A Response to the National Exhibitions- Prague Quadrennial – PQ#12, Prague, Czech Republic July 2011
Troubling Performance - Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines March 2011
Performance & Documentation: Stage and Page – the work of Performance Research (the journal) Bergen International Theatre Festival, Bergen, Norway, October 2008
Spilt Cargo: Flotsam, Jetsam and Lingam - An Address for World Theatre Day, National Theatre, Reykjavik, Iceland, March 2007
Selected Conference Keynotes & Papers (within academic contexts)
with Titles & Dates (recent):
Beyond the Word - Illuminated (and animated) Manuscripts: PaR Publishing & Distribution Practice(s) International Symposium on Practice as Research(ISPaR), Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy, Hong Kong, December 2017
Chasing Shadows: Minding the gaps, slips and turns in PaR International Symposium on Practice as Research(ISPaR), Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy, Hong Kong, December 2017
Future Proof (With Courage & Curiosity): Training for a theatre that does not yet exist
Giessen & Beyond, Warsaw Theatre Academy, Warsaw, Poland July 2017
Devouring Theatre: After Taste Jagiellonian University, Krakow
Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Prize Lecture Tour of Poland December 2016
Performance Studies: The Future of the Field (Prof Dariusz Kosinski in conversation with RG) Raszewski Institute/Theatre Academy Warsaw, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Prize Lecture Tour of Poland December 2016
Edible ImaginingsMelbourne PSi Conference #22 On Climates July 2016
Lost Suppers: Longing for Commensality, Bresal Forum- Neither Here Nor There, University College Limerick and the Burren College, County Claire, Eire: November 2015
Augensmausch: Feast for the Eyes International Research Center-Interweaving Performance Cultures, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany: December 2015
Devouring Theatre, UCC Perforum Conference, Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork, June 2015
100 Years of Fortitude: The Laboratory Theatre Traditions & Legacy, European Laboratory Theatre Concluding International Conference, Falmouth, UK February 2015
Against Illustration: Falling Bodies - Seen and Unseen; Performing Tangiers, International Conference: Alternative Dramaturgies, Tangier, Morocco, June 2014
Fire & Ice: Performance & Transformation, University of Stockholm three-part lecture series, Stockholm, Sweden, February 2014
Delamination – A Structural Engineers report on the Deleterious State of Theatre; Performing Tangiers, International Conference: Performance & the Public Sphere, Tangier, Morocco, June 2014
Fire & Transformation International Research Centre: Interweaving Performance Cultures, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany October 2012
Troubling Performance: From Theatre to Performance and Back - Auckland University, New Zealand October 2011
Troubling Performance: From Theatre to Performance and Back andLocating Performance –A day-long series of talks, seminars and presentationsVictoria University, Massey University and Toi Whakarri, Wellington, New Zealand October 2011
Faulty Optic: Performance as a Field of Enquiry - Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand October 2011
Troubling Performance: From Theatre to Performance and Back - Dunedin University, Dunedin, New Zealand, September 2011
Locating Performance - University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, September 2011
Performance as a Field of Enquiry - University of the Philippines, Diliman College of Arts and Letters, Manila Philippines March 2011
Theatre & Performance: A Distant View - Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Calamba, Laguna, Philippines February 2011
Theatre & Performance: A Distant View - De La Salle Canlubang, Laguna, Philippines, February 2011
Performance as a Field of Enquiry - De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, February 2011
Troubling Performance: From Theatre to Performance and Back - Aquinas University of Legazpi – Center for Culture and the Arts
Performance and the Intermedial - Aquinas University of Legazpi – Budyong, the First Regional Students’ Congress on Media and the Arts, Legazpi City
Troubling Performance: From Theatre to Performance and Back - Silliman University (College of Performing Arts-Speech and Theatre Arts Department and College of Mass Comm), Dumaguete City
Theatre & Performance: A Distant View - Holy Name University, Tagbilaran, Bohol
An Introduction to Performance Studies - Tanghal 5, the National University Theatre Festival, St. La Salle University, Bacolod
(Post) Dramaturgy and the (Post) Dramatic at the international conference Dramaturgy and the 21st Century, Victorian College of the Arts/Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia March 2010
Troubling Performance: From Theatre to Performance and Back - University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, March 2010
Thinking Performance/Training Performance - Cultural Industries, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, March 2010
Troubling Performance: From Theatre to Performance and Back Sydney University, Sydney, Australia, March 2010
Troubling Performance: From Theatre to Performance and Back - Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, March 2010
Pistols at Dawn - Prelude Keynotes Friendly Fire, Performance Studies Conference #15, Zagreb, Croatia, June 2009
From Theatre to Performance and Back - A series of three university-wide lectures followed by seminars, University of Malta, Val
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