My thesis explores the challenges faced when combining Shakespeare’s plays within applied theatre settings, for transformative purposes. It explores how applied theatre may embody strains between the instrumental and the transformative. It undertakes an historical reading of a range of Shakespeare’s work in order to demonstrate the importance of the cultural, political and historical contexts of Shakespeare’s plays. It explores the intentions of applied theatre within three salient community settings (prison, disability and therapy) exploring how Shakespeare’s work is used within these settings and why. All aspects are explored in order to demonstrate how the challenge of making Shakespeare’s plays work in an applied theatre setting is more complex than it may at first appear.
My research outputs are relevant to the areas of drama for social change and action-based research.
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