© 2016

Queer Performance and Contemporary Ireland

Dissent and Disorientation


Part of the Contemporary Performance InterActions book series (CPI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Fintan Walsh
    Pages 21-45
  3. Fintan Walsh
    Pages 143-146
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 147-189

About this book


This book examines the surge of queer performance produced across Ireland since the first stirrings of the Celtic Tiger in the mid-1990s, up to the passing of the Marriage Equality referendum in the Republic in 2015.


Queer performance Irish theatre and performance contemporary performance gender studies Irish history LGBTQ culture societal norms bibliography equality Ireland love Orient performance stage theatre

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Birkbeck, University of LondonUK

About the authors

Fintan Walsh is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies in the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, where he is Co-Director of the Centre for Contemporary Theatre. Recent publications include Theatre & Therapy (2013), Male Trouble: Masculinity and the Performance of Crisis (2010), and the edited collection 'That Was Us': Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance (2013). He is Associate Editor of Theatre Research International.

Bibliographic information


“This book offers not only a riveting account of its many forms in Ireland, but acts as a model for reading queer performance transnationally. As such, it is valuable beyond the context of Irish theatre to wider studies of queer performance and queer studies in general.” (Alyson Campbell, Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol. 27 (1), 2017) 

“Its scope is challenging and – in the best sense of the word – thoughtprovoking; the depth of its theoretical framework is highly interdisciplinary and refreshing; and the performances it looks at approach the topic of the book from many varied points of view. One of the strong fortes of the book is the presentation of the argument: the performances always take centre stage and are presented and discussed in very satisfactory detail and depth. … An enjoyable and stirring read.” (Michael Heinze, Theater Forschung,, May, 2016)