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Queer Notions

New Plays and Performances from Ireland

Edited by Fintan Walsh

Publication Year: 2010

Queer Notions is a seminal anthology of new plays and performance documentation from Ireland. This collection is a record of some of the most important performative ideas and embodied interventions that have shaped queer culture and theatre and performance practice in Ireland in recent times, principally in the years following the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1993, up to and including the present. The anthology includes plays, experimental performance documentation, and a visual essay that reveal the impassioned creativity that illuminates and invigorates the margins of culture.

Published by: Cork University Press


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p. i-i

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. ii-iv


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p. v-v

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p. vii-vii

There is strength in numbers, so they say. I’ve never believed it, and I’m glad that I haven’t. Crowds wear uniforms, and we know where those outfits can lead us. Theatre is a perfect, subversive place for resisting the herd instinct. People gather there to watch in the darkness light emanating from the truth, or the masks of truth. These plays are a collection...

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pp. ix-x

I have wanted to publish this book for some time now. Over the past decade, I have seen almost all of the plays included here in performance, noted how they have resonated with audiences, but also feared that they would get lost and be forgotten about without being published. Ephemerality is part of the allure of the performance encounter, and queer practices tend to thrive ...

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Introduction: The Flaming Archive

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pp. 1-16

It is 14 January 2010, and I am listening to RT

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The Queen & Peacock

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pp. 17-70

It is early evening in the Queen & Peacock bar in Brixton, London – a beautiful old establishment that has seen better days. In view is a long, wooden counter, backed by mirrors and glass shelves, which are stacked with bottles of spirits, glasses, bar memorabilia and various oddities. A ‘fruit machine’ stands against the stage-right wall. There is a number of stools along the counter and around the bar are a few tables...

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pp. 71-110

Passage was first presented at the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, Dublin, on 25 April 2001 by Tall Tales Theatre Company. CAST Kate Phoebe Flint Sara Victoria Monkhouse Nora Julianne Mullen Brian Robert Shaw Margaret Billie Traynor PRODUCTION TEAM Director Maureen Collender Designer Robert Lane Producers Rita Gray and Deirdre Kinahan...

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A Cure for Homosexuality

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pp. 111-135

A Cure for Homosexuality was first presented at Centre Stage Café, Dublin, on 4 May 2005 as part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, by Gentle Giant Theatre Company. CAST Paddy Doyle Neil Watkins PRODUCTION TEAM Director John O’Brien Producer Phillip McMahon Lighting designer Kevin Smith Costume designer Peter O’Brien and Orla Bass Choreography Muirne Bloomer CHARACTER Paddy Doyle, twenty-seven, attractive, tall and fair-haired, with a military style haircut....

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The Drowning Room

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pp. 136-183

The Drowning Room was first presented at Andrews Lane Studio on 1 May 2006 as part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, by Three Wise Women Theatre Company. CAST Cillian Patrick McGrann Bob Simon Fogarty Maura Elaine Reddy Leo Declan Gillick Kevin Gordon Mahon Conor Bren Barnett Breno Eamonn Doyle PRODUCTION TEAM Nuala Kelly, with cast Director Nuala Kelly...

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Danny and Chantelle (Still Here)

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pp. 184-209

Danny and Chantelle (Still Here) was first presented at POD Nightclub,Dublin, on 18 September 2006 as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival, byChantelle, twenty, working class, big attitude, feisty, big-mouthed All other characters – Valerie (Danny’s mother), Cornerstone bouncer,Tracey, Swiss-Tony, Kaco, Steo, Sinéad, Chris, the bank machine bird, the...


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pp. 221-229

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Victor and Gord, Ali and Michael

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pp. 225-243

This version of Victor and Gord, Ali and Michael was first presented at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, as part of the Queer Notions festival,The movement of this piece is informed by the personal dynamic of the pairs which emerged during the devising process. VICTOR and GORD, for instance, are not very comfortable looking at each other in performance....

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A Woman in Progress

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pp. 244-262

A Woman in Progress was first presented at Project Arts Centre, Dublin,Festival, by THISISPOPBABY and Project Arts Centre. It had an earlier outing as a work in development as part of THISISPOPBABY’s and On stage right is a podium; on stage left a large projector screen. The per-formance opens with a video montage comprised of images of PANTI set to a ...

Notes on Contributors

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pp. 263-266

E-ISBN-13: 9781908634054
E-ISBN-10: 1908634057
Print-ISBN-13: 9781859184691
Print-ISBN-10: 1859184693

Page Count: 276
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: 1