Public Research Seminar: Dr Kate Dorney
Public Research Seminar Series
Public Research Seminar: Dr Kate Dorney, University of Manchester (speaker) - Re-Membering Hamlet: embodying the archive
In 1989, Ian Charleson’s run as Hamlet in Richard Eyre’s National Theatre production was cut short by his death from AIDS. In 2017, Dickie Beau, who describes himself as a ‘live performing archive‘ staged Re-Member Me, uncovering the story behind Charleson’s ‘lost performance’. Created from archival materials and interviews with Charleson’s friends and colleagues, Beau harnessed the drag practice of lipsynching to the practices of history: embodying the archive and the people included in it through re-enactment, lipsynch and the constant rearrangement of props and costumes on stage, embodying the witnesess to Charleson’s performance. In this illustrated talk I will explore further the role of the performer as curator of performance history and memory through an extended consideration of the process and performance of Re-Member Me.
Dr Kate Dorney
Kate Dorney is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Manchester. She is a cultural historian interested in a broad spectrum of performance practice including: playwriting; directing; acting; scenography and costume design; museology and performance documentation and curation. Her publications include the co-edited book Vivien Leigh: Actress & Icon (with Maggie B Gale), Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays (with Frances Gray) and the forthcoming chapter ‘Performing the Dandy’ in Dandy Style (edited by Shaun Cole).