Dr Kerrie Reading

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Position:Lecturer in Drama
​School:Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
​E- mail:kreading@cardiffmet.ac.uk
​Room No:​B116



Research Groups:

PhD: ‘Understanding the Contemporary Value of Past Approaches of Producing Theatre: Toward a Tripartite Approach to Venue – Performance – Document’, Aberystwyth University in collaboration with Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff 

MPhil ‘The Guided Tour in the Under-Celebrated Urban Space’, University of Birmingham

Research Interests:

• Community Theatre

• Contemporary devised performance  

• Practice as Research 

• Site-based performance 

• Performance and place 

• Archives, oral histories and re-enactment 


‘A Performatic Archive’ 2016
Experiencing Liveness in Contemporary Performance, Routledge 
[eds] Matthew Reason and Anja Lindelof 
‘Conference Report for Language/Voice Symposium’2015
Journal of Media Practice, co-authored with Thomas Alcott 
Whispers, Echoes and Tall Tales, Aberystwyth University 2015
Turning the Spotlight on the People, Camden People’s Theatre, London2014
Playing (at) Woyzeck, Experimentica, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff2013
Performing Place 3 Symposium, Chichester 2015
Title: Re-placing the Archive: A Performative Paper
TaPRA, Postgraduate Conference, Manchester 2015
Title: Turning the Key: Unlocking the Potential of the Archive 
STR-NRN Emergence symposium, Theatre Trust, London2014
Title: Emerging from the past: Insights from re-constituted materials 
Aberystwyth University, TFTS annual conference2014
Title: Playing (at) Woyzeck: Take 2
FIRT/IFTR, Institute del Theater, Barcelona, Spain 2013
Title: The Lasting Efficacy of Performance in Public Spaces,
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 
Aberystwyth University, TFTS annual conference2013
Title: The Lasting Efficacy of Performance in Public Spaces,
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 
TaPRA, University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K. 2012
Title: The Tyranny of Participation?2012



I joined the department in 2019, having previously worked at the University of Worcester, Salford and Gloucestershire. I have been a freelance theatre practitioner for over ten years, working across the fields of contemporary performance making, performance with young people and creativity within education. My solo work is concerned with creating performances from archival documents and my work that is led by young people explores and interacts with different spaces and modes of performance.


I have a practice-based PhD from Aberystwyth University (2016) investigating how past approaches to making alternative performance can be considered today, with a focus on the venue and the archive of Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. I hold an MPhil in Performance (2013) from the University of Birmingham and a Degree (2007, MDrama) in Contemporary Performance Practice from the University of Kent.


I have performed and exhibited performance work within the UK in various sites, including: forests, trains, factories and theatres. Between 2007 and 2012 I was an associate performer with theatre makers Stan's Cafe, touring internationally to festivals and venues. I have devised new performance works with Talking Birds, Cyrff Ystwyth and Ali Matthews.


My current practice is concerned with using performance and socially engaged practice as a platform to examine, vocalise/physicalise and combat social isolation and loneliness.


My current modules are:

Drama Perspectives (Year 1)

Theatre Practitioners (Year1)

Applications of Drama (Year 2)

Other Theatre (Year 3)


My personal website is www.kerriereading.com