Dark Tourism: Ghosts and the Gothic Theatre of Victoria’s Heritage Sites

Free Public Lecture

Dark Tourism: Ghosts and the Gothic Theatre of Victoria’s Heritage Sites

Gothic narratives and ghost tours in particular are increasingly deployed to draw visitors to heritage sites such as Melbourne Old Gaol, Castlemaine Gaol, Ararat Lunatic Asylum and other sites connected with traumatic pasts. In this lecture, Mary Luckhurst considers why the Gothic spin has such an effective appeal and what ghostly narratives both reveal and obscure. How does a ghost story operate and what performance techniques and narration do different heritage operators use? Why is the Gothic so prevalent in Victoria?

Mary Luckhurst is a theatre historian and co-editor of Theatre and Ghosts: Materiality, Performance and Modernity (2014), the first book to link theatre and performance with spectrality studies and cultural heritage.

Presenter

  • Professor Mary Luckhurst
    Professor Mary Luckhurst, Professor of Artistic Research and Creative Practice