Performance Research Books

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 views of the makers and the evidence of the work.

Performance Research Books 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, artworks, performance texts, scenographic designs,scores, notes and critical analysis.

Performance Research Books developed as an independent venture of Performance Research, a specialist journal founded in 1996 and published eight times annually (from 2017) that aims to promote a dynamic interchange between scholarship and practice in the expanding field of performance. Interdisciplinary in vision and international in scope, its emphasis is on contemporary performance arts within changing cultures. Performance Research Books follows and expands the policy of the journal, but opens into publishing monographs, book works and singular works on distinctive practice and theory.

Performance Research Books exists as an imprint of ARC, a division of the Centre for Performance Research (CPR), which is a multifaceted theatre organization located in Wales that works nationally and internationally. CPR produces innovative performance work. It arranges workshops, conferences, lectures and masterclasses (for the professional and the amateur); curates and produces festivals, expositions and exchanges with theatre companies from around the world; and publishes and distributes theatre books.

Inside Performance Practice

The books of the Inside Performance Practice series will focus upon the work, process and aesthetic strategies of specific companies, ensembles and individual artists.

Current Catalogue:


In Praise of Sideways: Storytelling Journeys of the Ruth Kanner Theatre Group

Edited by Adi Chawin and Richard Gough 

ISBN 978-1-906499-14-3, published in 2023

RRP: £39.50, CPR Price: £35.00



Changing Places: Drama Box and the Politics of Space

Edited by Richard Gough and Charlene Rajendran

ISBN 978-1-906499-11-2, published in 2022

RRP: £35.00, CPR Price: £30.00





Okada Toshiki & Japanese Theatre

Edited by Peter Eckersell, Barbara Geilhorn, Andreas Regelsberger and Cody Poulton

ISBN 978-1-906499-12-9, published in 2021

RRP: £33.50, CPR Price: £28.00




Marrugeku: Telling that story

Edited by Helen Gilbert, Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain

ISBN 978-1-906499-09-9, published in 2021

RRP: £33.50, CPR Price: £28.00





Machine Made Silence. The Art of Kris Verdonck

Edited by Peter Eckersall  and Kristof van Baarle 

ISBN 978-1-906499-07-5, published in 2020

RRP: £33.50, CPR Price: £28.00





Lola Arias: Re-enacting Life

Edited by Jean Graham-Jones

ISBN 978-1-906499-05-1, published in 2019

RRP: £33.50, CPR Price: £28.00




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“We’re People Who Do Shows”: Back to Back Theatre –  Performance, Politics, Visibility

Edited by Helena Grehan and Peter Eckersall

ISBN 978-1-906499-03-7, published in 2013

RRP: £33.50, CPR Price: £28.00




Lone Twin


Good Luck Everybody: Lone Twin –  Journeys, Performances, Conversations

Edited by Carl Lavery and David Williams

ISBN 978-1-906499-02-0, Published in 2011

RRP: £33.50, CPR Price: £28.00




Thinking Through Performance

Engaging with and advancing new thinking across performance forms and a variety of theatre practices and companies. Thinking Through Performance will enable, through translation, emerging and ground-breaking critical theory about performance, otherwise inaccessible to an English speaking readership.

Current Catalogue:



A Lexicon of the Central-Eastern European Interwar Theatre Avant-garde

General Editor: Dariusz Kosiński

ISBN 978-1-906499-16-7, published in 2024

CPR Price: £25.00







Blind Spot: Staring down the void

Edited by Ric Allsopp and Karen Kipphoff

ISBN 978-1-906499-08-2, published in 2020

RRP: £65.00, CPR Price: £45.00






Performing Poland: Rethinking histories and theatres 

By Dariusz Kosiński
Trans. Paul Vickers

ISBN 978-1-906499-06-8, published in 2019

RRP: £33.50, CPR Price: £28.00


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Worlds Bodies Matters: Theatre of the late twentieth century

By Valentina Valentini
Trans. Thomas Haskell Simpson

ISBN 978-1-906499-04-4, published in 2014

RRP: £24.99, CPR Price: £23.00





Engaging Performance Materials

This third series will present performance texts, scripts and scenarios as working documents, intended for practical use in the studio, as material for workshops and for staging and presentation, in addition to being of historical and scholarly use.

Current Catalogue:


Absolute Rhythm: Works for minor radio

By Paul Carter

ISBN 978-1-906499-10-5, published in 2014

RRP: £28.00, CPR Price: £24.00