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My thesis explores queer theatre and activism of the 1980s and 1990s and its depictions of HIV/AIDS to consider the ways in which the economics and on-stage representation of popular, ad hoc, and street theatre have constructed modern ideas of HIV/AIDS and the End-of-AIDS era. This research explores modern revivals and new works to explore the ways in which contemporary playwrights are in communication with and revolting against past presentations.

I am interested in how popular narratives concerning queer histories have developed and the ways in which the mythologising of these narratives counteract heteronormative theories which work to erase queer history. 


Ash John, 'The Problem of Queer Sex and HIV/AIDS Theatre', The Polyphony, (2021), <https://thepolyphony.org/2021/04/15/problem-queer-sex-aids-theatre/>

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Centre for Humanities Health and Science


  • queer
  • queer theatre
  • HIV/AIDS writing
  • Activist history
  • history of theatre
  • queer economics
  • queer cultural constructors
  • Theatre as activism
  • queer histories
  • queer mythologies


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