Playing Your Role: Identity and Community-Based Performance in Contemporary Northern Ireland

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    In Northern Ireland, notions of identity and community are fraught. Thesecategories were, and are still, potential fields of conflict. Traditional definitions ofidentity and community are being challenged by new political structures and rapidchanges to the cultural landscape. Arts practitioners and organisations negotiatethis landscape while struggling with the requirements of cultural policy, jugglingill-defined concepts of ‘empowerment’, ‘impact assessment’ and ‘standards ofexcellence’. In such a context, experiences and outcomes on the ground test theboundaries of theoretical discourse.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)103-125
    JournalAbout Performance
    Publication statusPublished - 2009



    • applied drama
    • community drama
    • conflict transformation
    • Northern Ireland
    • identity

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