The Cabinet

For the curious… opening up worlds of performance

The Cabinet houses the internationally renowned Centre of Performance Research (CPR)’s multicultural performing arts collection. Constantly growing, it comprises books, journals, posters, video and archive material specialising in contemporary visual and experimental performance, and traditional, ‘classical’ and folk culture, particularly of Asia, Africa and the Americas. The Cabinet provides an environment for students and staff, arts professionals and enquiring individuals to browse, research and study. 

The Cabinet is accommodated within AMATA as part of a growing partnership between Falmouth University and the Centre for Performance Research. Its location, alongside the studio spaces, encourages the merging of practice and research.  The Cabinet also complements the established theatre arts collections and performance archives of the Library and Information Services at Falmouth University and the University of Exeter at Penryn.  

Over a period of 40 years, Richard Gough - CPR’s Director and Professor of Performance Research at the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) - has travelled widely, sourcing and collecting items ensuring that The Cabinet contains an extraordinary curated selection of thought-provoking and eclectic material. It includes a rare video collection documenting companies and performance practice from around the world and an audio-visual archive of CPR’s fascinating and respected performance projects spanning more than 30 years.

The Centre for Performance Research (CPR) is a multifaceted arts organisation, working nationally and internationally. It produces innovative performance work, arranges workshops, conferences, lectures and master classes; collaborates and exchanges with theatre companies of international significance and publishes and distributes theatre books. Through its participation and presentation programmes – working across a range of disciplines that include dance and theatre, installation and performance, music and multimedia projects – the CPR promotes emerging artists and ideas, explores the relationship of innovation to tradition, and fosters a vibrant and distinctive theatre ecology in the UK. 


Open Monday - Friday 10am-4pm

Visitors are welcome at any time during opening hours though booking an appointment in advance is recommended. Lockers are provided for personal belongings.

Posters and slides are viewable by prior arrangement.

For enquiries please contact: 01326 259272