My doctoral research focuses on the forms of adaptive practices used in early modern English theatre, on their perceived values by practitioners and critics and the debate generated, and on the practical theatrical application of adaptation. I am exploring the cultural connection with pedagogic systems, classicism and the humanist drive as a background to the social mindset of the literary set but my key areas of interest are the practical uses made of adaptation for economic, personal, social and theatrical ends. My initial research includes plays in foul, fair, published and unpublished forms; pamphlets, ballads, inductions, dedications, prologues and epilogues; metatextual literature of all types. These will funnel into considerations of specific texts, the intertextuality surrounding them and practical applications of the process of adaptation for the theatre.
I am the Artistic Director of the Tom Stoppard Theatre through which I teach Drama to all ages. I have worked professionally and was writer for Kissing Gate Theatre Company which specialised in adaptations for rural audiences and which performed throughout the north to much acclaim but not enough money. I have worked extensively in community theatre with people of all ages and backgrounds and continue to do so, leading workshops and productions. My first degree work was in English and Classics, my practical training was in Drama which included work with LeCoq and Darius, leading to a specialism in movement and mime. My previous academic research was into the Servant role on the early Elizabethan stage, with unfinished doctoral research into adaptations of narratological structures, semiotic patterning and linguistic inheritance used in19th century psychiatric literature and related popular literature. I have written and published stories, plays and poems.
My other research interests are in adaptation in all forms, including page to screen and vice versa, verbatim theatre, movement, music and image. I am interested in adaptive practices and welcome discussions with anyone engaged in the process. It is the process rather than the result which is of particular interest to me and the nature of creativity which is unlocked by the use of adaptation. I am interested in the language shifts which occur during adaptation and in the practical decision-making prior to production, as well as in the relationship between product and source, the audience position and the marketing.