Thursday 22nd October 2015, Fintan Walsh, Birkbeck College, University of London. ‘Vertiginous Loss, Love and Belonging: Queer Performance and Contemporary Ireland.’

Room 102 (Studio Space), The Minghella Building, Whiteknights Campus.

Running as part of the Film, Theatre and Television Department’s research seminar series, Fintan Walsh’s presentation examines the pivotal role played by theatre and performance in the negotiation of Ireland’s recent Marriage Equality campaign, which saw the Republic becoming the first country in the world to make same-sex marriage possible by popular vote in May 2015. But it also considers how certain productions tempered this seemingly singular drive by staging disorienting visions of intimacy and belonging, which both critiqued aspects of contemporary Ireland in the wake of the country’s recent economic collapse, and redirected the focus of dominant strands of LGBTQ culture.

Fintan Walsh is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, where he is Co-Director of the Centre for Contemporary Theatre. He is author of the forthcoming book Queer Performance and Contemporary Ireland: Dissent and Disorientation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), which informs this presentation, and Associate Editor of Theatre Research International.