ISTR 2015 – Schedule

Tradition, Transition and Transformation:Institute of Technology Tralee
Performance and Cultural Dynamics

The Institute of Technology, Tralee in association with the Irish Society for Theatre Research

ISTR 2015 | Book of Abstracts (pdf)


Solás Building, North Campus, IT Tralee, Dromtacker, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

FRIDAY 22nd MAY 2014

12.30-1.30pm –  Lunch – Canteen Area Business & Information Technology Building
Available for Purchase


1.00-5.00pm – Registration – Foyer of Sólás Building
Building signposted at roundabout at entrance to college


1.30-2.45pm – Panel One 

Room: L105

Title: Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Theatre and Performance

– Variations on the Role of the Central European Immigrant in Recent Irish Theatre – Professor Mária Kurdi

– Colonial Restitution and Intercultural Performance: A Canadian Indigenous and Irish Case Study – Dr. Jason King

– From the back porch to the stage: Cherishing the living tradition of African-American blues in contemporary performance – Donnacha Toomey


Room: L210

Title: Theatre – Traditions and Transformations

– M. Synge’s stage keen: turning a “pre-modern” performance ritual into a modern spectacle? – Dr. Hélène Lecossois

– From Memory, Myth and Ritual in Text to Memory, Myth and Ritual in Performance: Performer Challenges Character in Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa – Dr. Rayla Tadjimatova

– Shakespeare after Panti, or, what you will? – Emer McHugh

Room: L212

Title: Performing Politics

 – Drama and Cultural Dynamics: A Study of Ecological Advocacy in Greg Mbajiorgu’s ‘Wake Up Everyone’  –  Dr. Norbert Oyibo Eze

– From Charlie Hebdo to ISIS’ Propaganda: Biopolitics of (Re)presentation in Contemporary Cultural Hybridity – Dr. Calchi-Novati

– ‘Changing the Situation’: Laughter, Event, and Panti’s Noble Call – Dr. Eric Weitz


3.00-4.15pm – Panel Two

Room: L204

Title: Nationalists and Loyalists: Performance-Based Perspectives

– Micheál macLiammóir’s Easter Rising – Professor Joan FitzPatrick Dean

– ‘1916: Home: 2016’: Performing Histories Known and Unknown – Dr. Miriam Haughton

– Loyal to a Fault: Commemorating the UVF Centenary – Dr. Kurt Taroff


Room: L210

Title: Theatre Contexts: Use of Space and Place

– Up Close and Personal: Siamsa Tíre’s What the Folk! Bodies, Memory, Space – Dr. Finola Cronin

– Politicising performance: audience agency and the response to site. Anu Productions’ ‘Monto Cycle’. – Ciara L. Murphy

– Enemy of the Stars and the Politics of Performance – Dr. Nicholas E. Johnson


Room: L212

Title: Beckett: Memory, Embodiment, Existentialism

– Chan and Chou–Buddhist Clowns in Waiting for Godot – Wei Feng

– Embodiment of the Tragic Absolute: Beckett’s FIZZLES in the City – Burç İdem Dinçel

– Beckett’s Grammatisation of Memory: A Re-Reading of Krapp’s Last Tape – Néill O’Dwyer


4.15-4.45pm – Break in L104/L106


4.45-5.00pm – Opening Address: Lecture Hall L108

President Dr. Oliver Murphy IT, Tralee


5.00-6.00pm – Keynote Address: Lecture Hall L108

Professor Anna McMullan, Reading University

Title: Locating Beckett in Irish Performance Histories: between innovation and canonicity


6.00-7.00pm – Wine Reception and Book Launches in L104/L106


8.30pm – Conference Dinner
Restaurant, Meadowlands Hotel, Oakpark Road, Tralee


10.00pm – Drinks/ Live Traditional Music Session
Hotel Bar, Meadowlands Hotel, Oakpark Road, Tralee



Saturday 23rd May 2014

9.00am – 12 Midday – Registration – Foyer of Sólás Building
Building signposted at roundabout at entrance to college


9.00-10.15am – Working Groups

  • Performance Philosophy: Room L204
  • Comedy and Performance: Room L210
  • Theatre History and Historiography: Room L212
  • Gender and Performance: Room L202


10.30-11.45am – Panel Three           

Room L204

Title: Folk Culture- Preservation and Transformation

– Re-Lighting the Fire: The Festival of the Fires at Uisneach, the Sacred Centre of Ireland – Ruth Illingworth

– Making Love at the Crossroads: is it theatre? – Nastaise Leddy

– Traditional Performances and Forces of Cultural Transformation/Obliteration? – Dr. Ngozi Udengwu Ndubuisi Nnanna Ikechukwu Erojikwe


Room: L210

Title: Irish Theatre – Rulings and Resolutions

– Celtic Tiger Dramas: Class, Consumption and Presumption of Privilege – Dr. Eamonn Jordan

– A victim or survivor? The transformative power of language in dealing with those affected by sexual assault and rape in contemporary Irish culture – Carole Quigley

– Judgement Day: Neoliberalism and Irish Theatre History – Professor Lionel Pilkington


Room: L212

Title: Contemporary Theatre: Beliefs and Identities

– Right to be Forgotten and the Image Crimes of Digital Culture – Dr. Matthew Causey

– Grotesque Worlds in Contemporary Irish Drama: Mark O’Rowe  and Enda Walsh – Dr Ondřej Pilný

RE-THINKING over Occupy Gezi with the Analogy of Performance – Melike Saba AKIM


11.45am-12.15pm – Break in L104/L106


12.15-1.15pm – Keynote Address: Lecture Hall L108

Dr. Lillis O Laoire, Senior Lecturer, NUIG

Title: Transformations of Indigenous Performance


1.15-2.00pm – Lunch – Canteen Area Business & Information Technology Building
Available for Purchase


2.00-3.00pm – ISTR AGM: Lecture Hall L108


3.00-4.15pm – Panel Four


Room: L105

Title: The Abbey Theatre and Female Playwrights: Tradition, Transition and Performance

 – Forgotten Theatre – The Dwindling Canon(Performance and Discussion) – Gavin McAlinden

– Transition. Transformation? The Abbey Theatre and Women Playwrights – Dr Brenda Donohue


Room: L210

Title: Theatre in Dublin: Past, Present, Prospects

– From Stanislavski to Scenography: The Processes and Impacts of Dublin’s Focus Theatre – Dr. Siobhan O’Gorman

– The Dublin Jewish Dramatic Society: Tradition? Transition? Transformation? – Dr. Shelley Troupe

– Dublin’s Theatre Royal Remembered – Conor Doyle


Room: L212

Title: Regional Theatres: Socio-Historical Tools of Expression

– Revealing an amateur dramatic legacy: Listowel Drama Group, 1944-1959 – Dr. Fiona Brennan

– A Cog in the Wheel of Change: Red Kettle Theatre Company and Regional Theatre Development – Elizabeth Howard

– Identity – A Production that is never Complete: Signifiers in the works of Pat Ahern, Founder of Siamsa Tíre – Dr. Sharon Phelan


4.15-4.45 – Break in L104/L106


4.45-6.00pm – Panel Five               


Room: L204

Title: Performance: Traditional and Modern Forces

 – Bird Men: Performing and Understanding Chineseness Between Orientalism and Occidentalism – Wei Zheyu

– Three Sisters – Waiting for Godot – Siwei Li


Room: L210

Title: Performance: Emergence and Development

– Stones and Bones: Unearthing the Arche-Fossil in Pan Pan’s Embers – Dr Trish McTighe

– “Always already” in emergence: the ‘nascent’ state in contemporary Irish theatre – Paul Donnelly

– The Popular Theatre Tradition in the plays of Enda Walsh – Dr. Ian R. Walsh


Room: L212

Title: Performance – The Event Itself

 – World (s) Under the Lens in Schaubühne’s Hamlet – Angela Butler

– John Banville’s Adaptations of Kleist: Performance as a thing-in-itself – Neil Murphy


6.00pm: Close of Conference at IT Tralee


7.00pm: Bella Bia Restaurant, 2 Ivy Terrace, Town Centre, Tralee


8.30pm: ’Turas’ Performance, Siamsa Tíre, National Folk Theatre of Ireland, Town Centre Tralee