Dr Kathryn (Kate) Flaherty
Areas of expertise
- Literary Studies 2005
- Drama, Theatre And Performance Studies 190404
What in the world do plays do? What happens when imaginative scenarios of grief, conflict, or love mesh with what we understand as socio-political reality through the embodied experience of performers and and audiences? With Shakespeare as an expansive test case, I investigate how plays play on the stage of public culture. My book, Ours as we play it: Australia plays Shakespeare, examines contemporary Australian performance. Other research concerns educational applications of Shakespeare since the advent of English curricula at school and university. Recent publications analyse theatrical rivalry, the agency of the touring actress, civic disorder, sectarian tension, and military commemoration through their involvement with Shakespeare in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Australia. My current project is an international and interdisciplinary collaboration called 'Reading Riot through Shakespeare'. In it we aim for an improved understanding of riot by learning more about the affective and performative dynamics it shares with theatre in the long and colourful history of Shakespeare-associated public disturbances.