Performance and Cultural Dynamics

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


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 inPerformance: 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