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Dr Kate Adams
Lecturer
Eng/Soc/P&CHist
University of Salford

Expertise:
postdramatic Performance, experiential theatre, spectatorship, political performance, intermediality, adaptation

Biography:
The wider interests that inform my research into performance are politics, environment, technology, presence and spectatorship. Drawing on phenomenology and a concern with the politics of form, I approach the theatre event as an experience and seek to open up analysis of how our experiences of theatre function as a reflection of wider trends in engagement with media and society. My doctoral study examined the impact of the rise of the spectacle on contemporary experiences of theatre in Britain and I am now moving forward from this examine the emphasis in 21st century theatre of the experiential, looking in particular at the impact of new media and gaming on interactive or participatory spectatorship in theatre and exploring experiential theatre adaptation. A part of this discussion of the experiential and of presence in spectatorship is concerned with environmental performance and my own practice reflects this. My recent work I Found this Soil under my Fingernails (2009) explores our experience of soil, growth, decay and the passage of time.

Qualifications:
PhD From Narrative to Spectacle: a study in Contemporary Theatre Performance (University of Hull). PGCE Secondary English and Drama (Institute of Education). BA (Hons) English Studies (University of Nottingham).

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  1. The threshold of the real: A site for participatory resistance in Blast Theory's Uncle Roy all around you (2003)
  2. Contemporary theatre and the experiential
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