ISTR 2013 – Schedule

The Irish and The City

Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck, University of London
43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD | ISTR 2013


Friday, 1 November 2013


9.00 Registration and coffee: Keynes Library (Room 114)
9.30 – 11.30 Working Group: Gender and Performance (G10)Convenor: Lisa Fitzpatrick Working Group: Comedy and Performance (G04)Convenors: Eamonn Jordan and Rhona Trench Working Group: Performance Philosophy (B06)Convenors: Nicholas Johnson and Gabriella Calchi Novati
11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break: Keynes Library (Room 114)
11.45 – 13.30 Spectral Cities (G10)·       Michael Jaros, From Swift to Shrinks: Locating the Uncanny in Urban Irish Space·       Yuh-Jhung, Hwang, Performing Origin: Dublin’s 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour·       Pamela McQueen, History, Social Interaction, and The Boys of Foley Street Sexual Cartographies (G04)·       Bryan Hogan, Surviving the City: Irish Queer Performance and HIV·       Caitriona Mary Reilly, Sex and the Irish City: Performing Prostitution·       Emma Creedon, Trauma, Catharsis and Sexual Exploitation Dis/Placing Beckett (B06)·       Sarah Jane Scaife, The Culturally Inscribed Body and Spaces of Performance in Samuel Beckett’s Act Without Words II·       Trish McTighe, Landscapes and Literary Tourism: The Pike’s Godot and the Commodification of Place in Ireland·       Wei Feng, Beijing Opera’s Waiting for Godot: God into Buddha?
13.30 – 14.45 Lunch: suggested lunch venues will be supplied in the conference pack
14.45 – 16.15 Belfast Landscapes (G10)·       David Clare: “‘The Man From God Knows Where’: Three Plays About C.S. Lewis In Which His Belfast Background Is Ignored”·       Megan Minogue: Belonging To The City: Representations Of Belfast In Stewart Parker’s Lost Belongings·       Lauren Graffin: ‘Going For A Dander’: Kabosh Theatre’s Guide To Accidentally Getting Lost·       Hana Pavelkova: “Everything Has Changed And Nothing Has Changed” Owen Mccafferty’s Belfast In Quietly Spaces of Community (G04)·       Una Keely and Richard Hayes: Performing The City: “The Gods Are Angry Miss Kerr” And Waterford Identity·       Kate McCarthy And Síle Penkert: Performing The City And Making Strange·       Sheila McCormick: Mannix Flynn’s Tale In Two Cities·       Charlotte McIvor, “Take Me Down To Monto: Disrupting Narratives Of Economic Crisis As States Of Exception Through The Experimental Irish Community Theatre ” Panel Discussion: Re-imaging Twentieth Century Irish Theatre (B06)Chair: Ian WalshA conversation about Irish theatre between 1900 and 1990 using Christopher Murray’s Twentieth Century Irish Drama: Mirror up to Nation as a starting point.Panellists include: Eamonn Jordan, Rhona Trench, Lionel Pilkington, Paige Reynolds and Christopher Collins
16.15 – 16.45 Coffee break: Keynes Library (Room 114)
16.45 -17.00 Official Welcome (G10)
17.00 – 18.30 Keynote Panel: Theatre and the City (G10)·       Jen Harvie·       Michael McKinnie·       Lionel Pilkington
18.30-19.30 Wine Reception: Keynes Library Room 114)
19.30 onwards Optional dinner at Carluccios1, Brunswick Centre, London, WC1N 1AFTel: 020 7833 4100.(To be booked individually by conference delegates)

Saturday, 2 November 2013


9.00 Registration and coffee: Keynes Library (Room 114)
10.00-11.00 Keynote Lecture: The Fluorescence of Place (G10)·       Christopher Morash
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break : Keynes Library (Room 114)
11.15 – 13.00 Sensing Space (G10)·       Lisa Fitzgerald, Urbanism, Precariousness and the Ruins of Modernity in Beckett’s Not I·       Siobhan O’Gorman, A Stage of Re-Vision: Scenography in a Modernising Ireland·       Rhona Trench, Sounding in Theatre: Blue Raincoat Theatre Company’s Soundscapes·       Christopher Collins, Follow: Memory  Re/Mapping Dublin (G04)·       Monica Insinga, Materialistic Icy City: Dreamscapes in Marina Carr’s Marble·       Eamonn Jordan, Dublin’s Gangland, Playwrights, Screenplays and Tragi-Comic Imperatives·      Ondřej Pilný, The Grotesque and the Sublime: Dublin in Mark O’Rowe’s Terminus·      Sarah Thunder, Deleuze, Virtuality and the City The Cities of Enda Walsh (B06)·       Nelson Barre: Mind-Made Worlds In The New Electric Ballroom·       Michelle Paull: Prisoners Of The City: London And Urban Entrapment In The Walworth Farce By Enda Walsh·       Finian O’Gorman: Theatre And Cyberspace: Mapping Identity In The New Cultural Terrain·       Rebecca Wharton: ‘City Women’, In The Plays Of Enda Walsh
13.00 – 13.3013.30 – 14.30 Lunch: Keynes Library (Room 114)AGM (G10)
14.30– 16.00 Artist Panel: Writing Ireland in London/Writing as Irish in London (G10)Chair: Christopher Cook·       Neil D’Souza·       Nancy Harris·       Colin Teevan


16.00 – 16.30 Coffee break: Keynes Library (Room 114)
16.30-18.00 Sex and The City (G10)  ·       Melissa Sihra: Sex, Cities And Selfhood In Marina Carr And Harold Pinter·       Brian Singleton: The Transactions Of ANU Productions: Sex And Spatial Practices In Sites And Sightings Of Dublin City·       Elaine Aston: Chick Theatre In The City


Cosmopolitanism/Metropolitanism (G04) ·       Ruud van den Beuken: “Forget You’re In A Dublin Slum And Sing Me A Song” Contrasting Urban And Rural Irishness At The Gate Theatre, 1930-1940·       Helene Lecossis: J. M. Synge’s Theatre Of Urban Modernity

·       Arabella Curry: ‘Vaticano Sculture (!!!!)’ Following The Search For Recurrence In J.M Synge’s Roman Diary

·       Eva Urban: Performing Intercultural Citizenship In The City: The Conquest Of Happiness


Bodyscapes (B06)  ·       Mary Caulfield, Dead Rabbits, Five Points and Fractured Fairytales: Performing ‘Irish’ Heritage on the Streets of New York·       Ciara O’Dowd, How the Women of the Abbey Theatre found their Rhythm in New York City·       Emma Meehan, Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre: Dance, Heritage and ContempEire

·       Aoife McGrath, Improvised Environments: Vulnerability and Affective Contradiction in Fitzgerald and Stapleton’s The Work The Work