The Politics of Performance: Theatre in and about Northern Ireland

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Theatre in Northern Ireland has frequently engaged with the social and cultural turmoil colloquially referred to as the Troubles: the civil violence that dominated life in the region between 1969 and the 1995 Ceasefires which preceded the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Since then, the theatre has been actively engaged in mapping the changing society, commemorating the history of the conflict, and commenting on the emergence of a post-conflict culture. This essay explores a selection of those works, drawing on Jill Dolan's concept of the 'Utopian performative' to consider how the audience may be drawn into a reflection upon a shared history and the emergence of a shared future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance
EditorsEamonn Jordan, Eric Weitz
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-58588-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-58587-5
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 31 Jul 2018


  • Northern Ireland, theatre, post-conflict, Martin Lynch, Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness, Dave Duggan, verbatim theatre,


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