ISTR 2012 – Schedule

Perform, or Else!

NUI Galway – 26-28 October 2014 | ISTR 2012

Friday 26/10/2012

12.00 – 13.30 – Registration Foyer, Engineering Building

13.30 – 15.00 – Panel (1) – 3 parallel sessions

Panel 1.1 – Dublin’s Gate Theatre – Chair: Helen Burke
Room: ENG-2001

Ruud van den Beuken

Radboud University Nijmegen

‘Conscious in All Its Activities of Doing a Service to the Nation’?: Avant-garde Patriotism and (Inter)nationalist Identities at the Dublin Gate Theatre, 1928-1934

Des Lally


The Influences of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russe on the Creative Spirit of Micheál MacLiammóir.

David Clare


Jewish Playwrights on The Gate Stage, 1994-2012


Panel 1.2 – Canonical Figures – Chair: Brian Singleton

Room: ENG-2003

Christopher Collins



Kristin Jones


‘Stock Still Staring Out’: Memory and Movement in Beckett’s Not I and A Piece of MonologuE

Lionel Pilkington


Acting and acting up in Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars

Radvan Markus

Charles University Prague

Performing History on Stage: The Interpretation of the 1798 Rebellion in Stewart Parker’s Northern Star

Panel 1.3 – Contemporary Irish Theatre Practices – Chair: Eamonn Jordan
Room: Eng-3035

Christopher McCormack


WillFredd Theatre as a model for how performances can be the product of a dialogue between artist and community

Noelia Ruiz


Pan Pan Theatre Aesthetics

Bernadette Cronin


‘Try again. Fail again. Fail better’: ‘Playing with Play’ at the National Sculpture Factory and beyond

Mairéad Ní Chualáin


The Foundation of a Performance: An Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe


15.00 – 15.30 – Coffee/Tea
15.30 – 17.00 – Panel (2) – 2 parallel sessions

Panel 2.1 – Politics, Nation and Race – Chair: Charlotte McIvor
Room: ENG-2001

Emma Creedon


The Performance of Surrealism in Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin’s Tongues

Chante Mouton Kinyon


The Subaltern Speaks: Politics and Voice in August Wilson’s and Brian Friel’s Cycle Plays

Michael Jaros

Salem State

Revising the Rising: Memorial Counter- Performance in D’Arcy and Arden’s The Non-Stop Connolly Show.

Panel 2.2. Laughter, Agency and Performance – Chair: Nicholas Johnson
Room: ENG-2003

Ian Walsh


Dublin Dames: From Biddy Mulligan to Mrs. Brown

Eric Weitz


Formatting Homo ridens: Political agency and City of Clowns

Susanne Colleary


Maeve Higgins Does Not Scare Men: Gendered Identities as Performative Narratives: An Analysis of Irish Stand Up Comic Maeve Higgins.


17.00 – 17.30 – Coffee


17.30 – 17.45 – Official conference opening and launch of Abbey Theatre/ NUI Galway Digitisation Project
Room: ENG-G018


17.45-19.00 – Keynote Presentation – Rebecca Schneider – Chair: Lionel Pilkington
Room: ENG-G018



Saturday 27/10/2012

9.30 – 11.15 – Panel (3) – 3 parallel sessions

Panel 3.1– Regional Theatre – Chair: Eric Weitz
Room: ENG-2001

Rhona Trench

IT Sligo

Financing the Theatre: Blue Raincoat, Tight Purses and Short Shoe Strings

Shelley Troupe


Druid/Murphy Then, DruidMurphy Now: Tom Murphy’s Famine (1968)

Fiona Brennan


A History of Cork’s Theatrical Tradition: A Project Overview.

 Kate McCarthy
Waterford IT
Performing the Archive: Red Kettle Theatre Company, Waterford
Una Healey

Richard Hayes

Panel 3.2 – Performing Trauma – Chair: Lisa Fitzpatrick
Room: ENG-2003

Brian Singleton


Landscapes of Memory: Laundry as lieu de mémoire

Miriam Haughton


Laundries or Labour Camps? Staging Ireland’s ‘Rule of Silence”

Emilie Pine


Performing Memories of Abuse Trauma

Panel 3.3 Women in/and Performance in Irish Theatre – Chair: Siobhan O’Gorman
Room: Eng-3035

Caitriona Mary Reilly


The Conflict of Postfeminist Sexualities: Queer Performance in Contemporary Irish Theatre.

Maria Kurdi


Gender Relations, Confusion and Myth in Celtic Tiger Drama: Stella Feehily’s Duck and O Go My Man

Kasia Lech


Escaping into a rhyme: Stefanie Preissner and the rhythmical level of her performances

Ciara O’Dowd


Ria Mooney: From the Aran Islands to Jamaica—via The Abbey Theatre

11.15 – 11.45 – Coffee
11.45 – 12.45 – Panel (4) – Working Groups (open to all)

Panel 4.1 Comedy and Performance

Eric Weitz (convenor)
Room: ENG-2001

Panel 4.2 Gender and Performance

Lisa Fitzpatrick (convenor)
Room: ENG-2003

Panel 4.3 – Performance Philosophy

Nicholas Johnson and Gabriella Calchi-Novatin (convenors)
Room: Eng-3035

Panel 4.4 – Theatre Historiography

Lionel Pilkington and Mark Phelan
Room: ENG-G018


12.45 – 13.45 – lunch/AGM (lunch available for purchase) AGM in Room: ENG-G018


13.45 – 14.30 – Book Launch: Thomas Conway, The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Irish Plays
Featuring: Thomas Conway, Grace Dyas and Neil Watkins
Room: ENG-G018


14.30 – 16.15– Panel (5) – 3 parallel panels

Panel 5. 1: Gender, Interculturalism and Irish Theatre Practice  – Chair: Miriam Haughton
Room: ENG-2001

Lisa Held

SUNY at Stonybrook

The North’s Awake: Reid and the Rise of Interculturalism

Charlotte McIvor

NUI Galway

“Offstage Bodies, Onstage Silences: Alice Coghlan’s Sylvia’s Quest and Female (Im)migrants on the Contemporary Irish Stage”

Cormac O’Brien


Unblessed Amongst Women: Performing Patriarchy Without Men in Contemporary Irish Theatre.

Eamonn Jordan


The Phantom Menace of History: Performances of Race in Martin
McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane


Panel 5.2 – Contemporary Irish Drama – Chair: Paul Murphy
Room: ENG-2003

Ondrej Pilny

Charles University Prague

The Grotesque in Contemporary Irish Drama

Nelson Barre


Crafting a New Catholicism: Restructuring Ritual in The New Electric Ballroom

John Countryman

Berry College/ NUIG

“Troublesome Knowledge and the Failure of Hope in Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom”

Megan Minogue


‘He’s at the Crucial Age’: The Performance of Masculinity in Gary Mitchell’s Drama”.

Panel 5.3 – Performances in Practice – Chair: Shelley Troupe
Room: Eng-3035

Helen Burke

Florida State University

Laying open “the hearts of Actors”: Politics and Performance

JH Yuh


Irish Theatre Riots as Performance

Melissa Sihra


‘The Role of the Performer in Plays by Marina Carr’.

Haley Bueno


Sparks of life: A site- specific work experience


16.15 – Coffee


16.30 – 17.45 Presentation of New Scholars’ Prize and Keynote Presentation by Mark Phelan.
Chair: Patrick Lonergan
Room: ENG-G018


Sunday 28/10/2012

10.00 – Coffee Available from the Wall Café, Kingfisher Club

10.30 – 12.00 – Panel (6)

Panel 6.1 – The Politics of Celtic Tiger Theatre – Chair: Melissa SIhra
Room ENG-2001

Patrick Lonergan

NUI Galway

Banking on Ireland: The Abbey’s John Gabriel Borkman

Paul Murphy


“O’Casey, class and performance”

Domino Torres

University of Southern California

“Cosmopolitanism, Cityscapes and Identity in Contemporary Irish Drama”

Finian O’ Gorman


Prisoners of Performance: The legacy of colonialism in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame and Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce.

Panel 6.2: New Approaches to Theatre Making  – Chair: Lionel Pilkington
Room: ENG-2003

Emma Meehan


Moving to Writing: Documenting Somatic-Based Performance Practice

Marie Kelly


‘Casting Consciousness: Frames of mind in the casting of contemporary Irish theatre’

Dan Bergin


Corn Exchange’s 2011 performance Man Of Valour

Mary Moynihan


The Living Theatre of Smashing Times Theatre Company and the Role of Theatre in Promoting Non- Violent Revolution


12.00 – 13.00Roundtable: Perform – Or Else! – Performance and Neo-Liberalism

Helen Burke, Lionel Pilkington, Rebecca Schneider Chair: Charlotte McIvor
Room: ENG-2003