The Theatre of Memory (Symposium), Abbey Theatre II

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

In mid-January, I was very pleased to be invited to contribute to the 3-day Theatre of Memory Symposium at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Titled, The Normalisation of Deviance: constructing THE MARKET, with introduction by Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey, my presentation on the historic stage was recorded:

The event was attended by a full-house and a review is available on the Abbey website here. The full playlist of the recorded presentations by a rich array of speakers is available here. The symposium was the first of three annual events that are planned.

The Theatre of Memory (Symposium), Abbey Theatre, Dublin

January 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Unlocking the myths of our past to understand the present.

(image courtesy of the Abbey Theatre)

(image courtesy of the Abbey Theatre)

The symposium takes place at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin January 16-18, 2014

In this time of historical centenaries, Ireland’s national theatre presents a three-day symposium to debate the role of theatre in commemoration. Leading Irish playwrights, actors, directors and academics will come together to discuss the role of memory in making theatre and the challenges of commemorating historical events. This symposium will be a major event in Irish theatre and is an essential occasion for theatre enthusiasts and the general public. Symposium speakers:

President Michael D. Higgins

Tom Clonan
Peter Crawley
Catriona Crowe
Mark Curran
Mairead Delaney
Roddy Doyle
Colin Dunne
Grace Dyas
Lisa Farrelly
Jimmy Fay
Gerard Mannix Flynn
Stacey Gregg
Wayne Jordan
Richard Kearney (The Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy, Boston College)
Declan Kiberd (Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies, Notre Dame University)
Thomas Kilroy
Dr. Cathy Leeney (Lecturer in Drama Studies, University College Dublin)
Conor Linehan
Patrick Lonergan (Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, NUI Galway)
Louise Lowe
Patrick Mason
Dr. Fearghal McGarry (Lecturer in History and Anthropology, Queens University)
Frank McGuinness (Professor of Creative Writing, School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin)
Eleanor Methven
Carl O’Brien
Emer O’Kelly
Fintan O’Toole
Dr. Rebecca Pelan
Dr. Emilie Pine (Lecturer in Modern Drama and Irish Studies, University College Dublin)
Stephen Rea
Declan Smyth
Prof. Kevin Whelan (Director, Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre, Dublin)

Symposium Committee:

Fiach MacConghail (Director of the Abbey Theatre)
Aideen Howard (Literary Director of the Abbey Theatre)
Kelly Phelan (Convenor)

Full programme is available here.

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