"All That is Solid Melts into Air": Gays, Unionists and the Irish language

Don Duncan* (Performer)

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


A practice-based research experiment into how a hybrid of interview recordings and sound design, combined with live stage performance can be used to explore the past and probe and test the limits of memoir.

Join Don on his journey from alienated beginnings as a gay kid in small town Ireland in the 80s to the grown-up man he now is... through sound and memory, he seeks to understand the sources of childhood unease and shame that still pull at him today and he discoverers an unexpected kinship with unionist gaeilgeoirí (Irish speakers) in East Belfast. This narrative performance – in spoken word and recorded sound - tells of how the rigid constructs and mindsets of yesterday are melting and giving way to new, exciting possibilities...


  • performance
  • docu-drama
  • memoir
  • sound art
  • gay memoir
  • gay
  • Ireland
  • Longford
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • social change
  • nature
  • Mythology, street art, public place, political contestation
  • Irish language
  • Unionists
  • Gaelic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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