Performing Social Change on the Island of Ireland From Republic to Pandemic
This book examines the relationship between moments of significant social change on the island of Ireland and performance practice during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It examines how moments of significant change influence not only the content of performance practice but also the form and function of theatre production and reception.
This book investigates how the Troubles and subsequent Peace Process, Second-Wave Feminism, the Celtic Tiger and neoliberalism, social revolution, and the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the form and function of performance practice across the island of Ireland. Although these forms of theatre and performance making refer to varied and distinct lineages of practice internationally, there are key parallels that compel a study of their inter-relationality in a specific Irish context.
This book explores how the performance of Ireland illuminates histories and stories that are on the margins, illuminating the lived realities of everyday life through the presentation of moments of violence, oppression, and trauma as something that is as important as the larger narratives often ascribed to nationhood. This book asks how performance practice engages with and informs moments of major social change on the island of Ireland through the distinct yet intersecting lenses of place, performance form, and social context over the course of almost a century of Irish theatre and performance practice.
Introduction: States of Change
Temporal Switch Points
The Politics of Naming Space
A Spectrum of Participation
Public Space as Performance Space
Structure and Design
Chapter 1. Storytelling and Performance Post-Good Friday Agreement
A Marriage of Equals?
Chapter 2. Tourism as Performance: Moving into a new Millennium
Papering Over the Cracks
The Trouble with Tourism
Performing the Legacy of the Past
Chapter 3. ‘A Bevy of Beauties’: Feminism, Double Jeopardy, and Charabanc Theatre Company
Creating Space for the Personal
A Feminist Approach to Creating Performance
Charabanc Theatre Company
Double Jeopardy: Women’s Experience in the North of Ireland
Lay Up Your Ends (1983) and Gold in the Streets (1986)
Chapter 4. ‘Soujourned in Her Majesty’s Prison’: The Performative Actvism of Margaretta D’Arcy
The National Question
The Collision of Activism and Performance
Writing as Cultural Resistance
A ‘Feminist Tour of Duty’
Chapter 5. Reclaiming Personal Histories Through Performance
A Volatile Nation
Public and Embodied Sites of Practice
Moments of Communion
Chapter 6. A Dying Tiger: Performing Ireland’s Housing Crisis
Neo-liberal Theatre Production
Critique as Commemoration
Hideously Inequitable Nation
Chapter 7. "Virtual Reroutings": Performing Ireland’s Social Revolution
Chapter 8. "Survival is Insufficient": Ireland’s Pandemic Performance
#CovideoParty: Creating a Community Audience Online.
Dear Ireland (2020) – A Postcard from Pandemic Ireland
To be (or not to be) a Machine