What Money Can’t Buy: The Economies of Adrian Howells
An essay in Dee Heddon and Dominic Johnson’s edited collection on the life and work of Adrian Howells. Drawing on contracts, receipts and other private records drawn from Howells’ personal archive, I explore the labour involved in the creation of one-to-one performances and their potential resistance of neoliberal economies of exchange.
A chapter in It’s All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells (2016), published by Intellect Ltd. and the Live Art Development Agency.
‘It is not just a celebration of an extraordinary body of work but also a handbook for those working in the tricky, ethically fraught area of intimate performance.’
– Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Contemporary British Queer Performance (2012)
Tracing a genealogy of politics and practice from early lesbian and gay theatre in the 1970s to the 1990s and beyond, this book explores how foundational debates concerning visibility, authenticity and representation have been transformed by the advent of queer theory and queer activism.
‘Stephen Greer’s study Contemporary British Queer Performance contributes not only to queer theories and performance studies but also to history and sociology, literary and theatre studies. It is exemplary in its interdisciplinary approach and delivers rich and valuable findings in a wide spectrum of performances.’ – Theaterforschung
Playing queer: Affordances for sexuality in Fable and Dragon Age
A journal paper exploring the possibilities for playing ‘queer’ in two mass-market video games. While gamers are often invited to make decisions about their avatars gender, race and appearance at the beginning of play, they are rarely – if ever – asked to make a decision about their sexuality. This paper explores how sexuality is produced through gaming and design choices which most often function by reflecting the player’s desires back towards them.
Published in the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds.