A crucial part of COMMON's work is undertaking research into the current socio-economic landscape of the UK theatre industry, to learn more about the barriers that artists from working-class backgrounds face.

Alongside pursuing our own research, we also collaborate with leading cultural sociologists, humanities researchers and academics to support existing research into what it means to be working-class in the UK today, and to better understand the relationship between an individual's socio-economic background and their likelihood of building a sustainable career in theatre.

We also partner with theatres, arts organisations and charities to undertake new research led by COMMON, to gain a clearer picture of the socio-economic landscape of theatre and identify the complex barriers that working-class artists face across the UK.