Trish McTighe


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My research expertise has two strands. My main area of expertise lies in the work of Samuel Beckett in the context of European avant-garde drama and theatre of the twentieth century and in relation to Irish theatre histories and performance cultures. While my monograph, The Haptic Aesthetic in Samuel Beckett's Drama (Palgrave, 2013), focused on Beckett's drama for stage and screen, subsequent research has built on that textually analytic and theory-driven work to consider the relation between authors like Beckett and the role of festivals in shaping our cultural narratives and contributing to the cultural economy. I have expertise therefore also in festival studies, the relationship between the arts and the economy in the latter half of the twentieth and twenty-first century, and the interweaving of arts and tourism. I have a number of publications in print and forthcoming on Beckett and Irish performance histories and on the festivalisation of Beckett's work.

My other strand of research and expertise lies in gender studies, queer theory and the history of feminist thought and activism, as these relate to broader currents of artistic and theatrical experimentation in the twentieth century. I am currently working on a project to do with the politics of cleaning in contemporary performance. Rooted in what performance artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles has termed 'maintenance art' (1969), this project seeks to trace the ways in which drama and theatre have used the labour of cleaning as a way of exploring inequality, class and gender. I have published work previously on gender in relation to Samuel Beckett's drama, as well as on queer ecologies in the theatre.


  • The work of Samuel Beckett
  • Gender and Performance
  • Performance Analysis
  • Modernist Theatre
  • Contemporary Performance

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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