I am a PhD researcher at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway. My thesis looks at contemporary Shakespeare performance in Ireland, placing it in dialogue with current Irish debates on gender and sexuality, and exploring this in tandem with its contested relationship with issues of national identity. My research interests largely fall around early modern performance studies and the history of Shakespeare in theatre and culture, as well as audience/reception studies, actors and the archive, performance and intersectionality, and contemporary Irish and British performance. For more details about my research and other related work, please see here.
Other than research, I do a number of things:
- I’m also an occasional contributor to Reviewing Shakespeare and Shakespeare in Ireland.
- I serve on the committee of the STR’s New Researchers’ Network.
- I also co-host the podcast Feminist Theatre Squadron.
- I spend the rest of my time drinking a lot of tea, being cranky, squealing at people/things/furry animals, and laughing at things on Twitter. [I’m @emeramchugh over there.]
Also, all opinions are my own, as ever. I mean, I think I’m the only person I know who doesn’t hate Peter Capaldi’s sonic specs.
[The (weirdly particular) reason why this blog has this particular name goes back five or six years ago when I started writing it in the first place: ‘patchwork wizard’ was a nickname a friend made up for me because of a multi-coloured Desigual coat I always wore at the time, and also generally because of the way I dress/ed. That’s literally it. I miss that coat.]