Public lecture series 2011


18th February 2011


Aoife Monks

Playing Dead: Ghosts, Skulls, Corpses, Wigs and Ashes in Performance


6.30pm Wednesday, 23 February

Lecture Room G6, School of Art Design and Printing

Dublin Institute of Technology, 41 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1

Aoife Monks is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.  She is the author of The Actor In Costume (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), co-editor of Contemporary Theatre Review journal (Routledge), and is currently a visiting research fellow at the Long Room Hub in Trinity College, Dublin. She has written extensively on the material and visual aspects of contemporary theatre practice and is currently working on a project that examines Stage Irishness in the 19th Century, and during the Celtic Tiger period.

The paper she will give at DIT is part of her wider work on theatre costume and acting. Asking: “what should ghosts wear in performance?” the paper will examine the role of objects and costumes in representing the dead onstage. Thinking about the history of staging ghosts in the theatre, the paper will turn its attention to the ways in which twentieth century artists have employed objects and costumes in order to access the dead onstage.  Looking at objects such as skulls, wigs, armour, ashes, masks, puppets and tracksuits, this paper will investigate the peculiar work of acting in bringing the dead back to life in performance.

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