My research focuses on the conventions, theories and histories of Gothic performance, with a particular concentration in contemporary drama and theatre. My doctoral thesis examines the politicality of twenty-first-century Gothic drama in Britain, considering large-scale Gothic spectacles alongside the stage dramas of emerging and established political playwrights (including Caryl Churchill, Mike Bartlett, debbie tucker green, Mel Pennant, Stef Smith, Jasmine Lee-Jones and Martin McDonagh, among others); as well as multiple works by theatre companies such as Imitating the Dog and Proper Job Theatre. Drawing from MaryBeth Inverso’s early critical study of The Gothic Impulse in Contemporary Drama (1990), I use Sarah Grochala’s notion of ‘liquid dramaturgies’ (2017) to propose a new theoretical framework for the analysis of post-millennial Gothic theatre. Through a series of case studies, ranging from Churchill’s Far Away (2000) to tucker green’s ear for eye (2018), I argue that the ideologies, forms, aesthetics and effects of Gothic drama and political dramaturgy are more closely aligned than is currently recognised.
Through its Gothic theatrical lens, my thesis draws from a number of fields that are also representative of my broader research interests. These include queer theory, post/feminist theatre, ecocriticism and ecodramaturgy, postcolonialism, contemporary playwriting, popular theatre, phenomenology and affect studies.