Dr Kate Adams
Lecturer in Drama
I am a performance maker, dramaturg and a university lecturer at the University of Salford. I graduated with a PhD in contemporary theatre and the rise of the spectacle from the University of Hull and worked full time at the University of Salford for several years before shifting to part time to focus more on practice and practice based research.
At the moment I am splitting my time between Salford in the UK and Athens in Greece.
My current work is Water is Attracted to Water an Arts Council funded performance about the human relationship with water. I am working on ways of facilitating the difficult encounter with climate change through performance and how to weave celebration and lamentation into theatre. Previous work And By the Way the Cat is Dead explored our struggle to find rituals and modes of expressing grief and my short solo performance Μα Ποια Παπια (or I’m not a Pheasant Plucker) explored vulnerability, foolishness and miscommunication across languages and cultures.
I have worked as dramaturg and performer in collaboration with Medie Megas for Trapped co-produced by the Onassis Cultural Foundation and the National Theatre of Greece and as dramaturg with a number of different directors.
I am the module leader for Introduction to Drama, a core module for many students in their first year in level 4; for Theatre Industry: Critical Writing and Contemporary Debates, at level 5; and for Performance and the Postdramatic at level 6. I also teach on the MA module Approaches to Contemporary Performance.
I teach a combination of practice and theory, and my teaching assumes that practice and research are always intertwined.
For semester 1 in 2019/20, I am programme leader for BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing.
Having started from a concern with the politics of form, I am interested in how the theatre event can open up spaces for practiced vulnerability and can encounter with difficult territories such as climate change. I have a strong focus on spectatorship, participation, and the transformative in performance and performance process. My framing of both research and practice draws significantly on the work of Bracha Ettinger to underpin how we theorise the encounter in performance.
I write and perform my own work as part of my practice based research into vulnerability and intimacy in performance and I am currently examining how this can contribute to the spectator experience and the workings of the piece on a dramaturgical level. In my collaborative work, I am also working across textual, performative and choreographic practices as a director, dramaturg and performer.
At PhD level, I am interested in supervising applicants with a wide range of interests in contemporary performance and particularly in the use of the personal in performance, the transformative in performance, experiential theatre and spectatorship, time and performance, dramaturgy, the text in performance and more broadly the politics of form.
Qualifications and Memberships
PhD : “From Narrative to Spectacle: An examination of Contemporary Theatre performance”, University of Hull, 2009.
PGCert: Research, University of Hull, 2006.
PGCE: Secondary English and Drama, Institute of Education, 2001
BA (Hons) English Studies, University of Nottingham, 1999
Theatre and Performance Research Network (TaPRA)
Contemporary Performance Network
Practice based outputs
Adams, K. (2019) Water is Attracted to Water (work in progess). New Adelphi Theatre, Salford. Tour dates forthcoming.
Megas, M. (2018) Trapped. Dramaturg and performer. Co-produced by Onassis Cultural Centre and National Theatre of Greece.
Adams, K. (2017) And by the Way the Cat is Dead. Tour: Performing Writing, New Zealand; Dreams Before Dawn, Theatre de Menilmontant, Paris; FaB, Bath.
Adams, K. (2015) Μα Ποια Παπια (or I'm not a Pheasant Plucker). Tour: Love Letters to a (Post)-Europe, Bios, Athens; Athens Photo festival performance series, Benaki Museum; Spiti, Beep Theatre; Athenian Nights, State of Concept; Rose Theatre, Edgehill, UK; Toynbee Studios, London, UK; Exeter translation Festival, UK.
Megas, M. (2014) Transforming Me: a Bilingual Solo. Dramaturgy by Kate Adams. Tour: MIR Festival, Rabbit Hole; Thessaloniki performance festival (Biennale), Greece; Kalamata Festival, Greece; Danae festival, Milan, Italy.
Adams, K. (2009) I Found this Soil Under my Fingernails. Emergency Festival, Green Room Arts, Manchester, UK.
Adams, K. (2018) Μα Ποια Παπια (or I'm not a Pheasant Plucker). In TO YOU TO YOU TO YOU: Love Letters to a Post-Europe. (ed.) Lisa Alexander. London: LADA.
Adams, K. (2013) 5 poems. Erbacce Journal, Liverpool, UK.
Adams, K. (2010) Contemporary Theatre and the Experiential. International Journal for the Arts in Society, 5(4), pp.153-163.
Adams, K & Adey, M (2008) Social Collaboration: Joining Forces on the Digital Frontier. (White paper), Creative commons, Switzerland and UK.
Adams, K (2006) 'The Threshold of the real: A Site for Participatory Resistance in Blast Theory's Uncle Roy All Around You. Body, Space, Technology, 6(1)