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Dr Kate Adams
Dr Kate Adams
postal addressCrescent House 206, The Crescent, Salford.
website address
Key Memberships
Member of School: School of Arts & Media
From August 2013 to present.
From October 2011 to August 2013.
Full Member of Research Centre: Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
From September 2015 to present.
Full Member of Research Centre: Centre for English Literature & Language
From January 2010 to August 2015.
Profile Summary

Having started from a concern with the politics of form, I am very interested in how the theatre event functions as part of a society which places more and more emphasis on the spectacle of transformation and consumable experiences. This means I have a strong focus on spectatorship, participation, and the transformative in performance and performance process. 

I write and perform my own solo 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. My framing of both research and practice draws significantly on the work of Bracha Ettinger to underpin how we theorise the encounter in performance.

My current performance And By the Way the Cat is Dead combines fragments of autobiography and poetry with bad jokes and music to explore our struggle to find rituals and modes of expressing grief. Other recent practice includes a short solo performance called Μα Ποια Παπια (or I’m not a Pheasant Plucker)which explored vulnerability, foolishness and miscommunication across languages and culture, and in my collaborative work, I am also working across textual, performative and choreographic practices as a dramaturg. I have had the opportunity to collaborate closely with choreographer Medie Megas exploring her improvisational form ‘the transformation’ which models in movement and embodiment various aspects of our experience of transformation more generally.

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Key Presence
Conference Presentations

Artists workshop and presentation


This session is a workshop/presentation focusing on the idea of self and social transformation, which will explore with the participants the experience of potential... more >>.


In this paper I examine the tension between the discourse of the transformative in marketing and the location of radical potential within transformative performance. I ask what are the implications for radical politics of the a... more >>.


In the context of the increasing significance of experiential theatre performance, adaptation to stage in the 21st century is no longer solely defined by the dramatisation of text. Its associated spectatorship is similarly u... more >>.


Thirty minute conference paper with questions, exploring the nature of experiential theatre performance using Fuerzabruta (2006) as an example. The analysis was framed by discussion of changing concepts of experience a... more >>.

Invited Papers and Lectures

After looking at the ways in which experiential participatory theatre opens up the potential for transformative moments of performance, I became interested in two things: first the language we use to ... more >>.


This was an invited paper which addressed the relationship between Agamben's analysis of experience and the rise of the experience economy, and within that context, the potential for engaging the transformative in experiential ... more >>.

Journal Editorship

Associate editor for the 5th volume of the International Journal for the Arts in Society


I worked with Medie Megas as dramaturg for her solo performance which premiered in November 2014 at the MIR Festival in Athens. Transforming Me: Ένα Δίγλωσσο &Si... more >>.


I co-directed Lassie by Andreas Flourakis for the Epi Kolono black box theatre in Athens. This ran from March to the beginning of June.