My current research involves two distinct strands. One emerges from my work on Beckett and seeks to examine the relationship between the arts and the economy in the latter half of the twentieth and twenty-first century, with particular emphasis on literary tourism and the festivalisation, so-called, of culture. I am in the process of establishing a research network which will address key questions about the ways in which the arts and tourism interact in Ireland (and elsewhere). I have a number of publications forthcoming on the festivalisation of Beckett’s work in Ireland and internationally.
The other strand of my research has to do with the politics of cleaning in contemporary performance. Rooted in what performance artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles has termed ‘maintenance art’, this project seeks to trace the ways in theatre and performance has used the labour of cleaning as a mode of exploring inequality, class and gender. I am currently working on ways to trace the politics and temporality of the act of cleaning in contemporary performance.