‘Parallel Games’ and Queer Memories: Performing LGBT Testimonies in Northern Ireland

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Abstract

This essay explores how the notion of ‘parallel games’ works to queer memory in two productions of Northern Ireland's first publicly funded gay theatre company, TheatreofplucK, led by artistic director Niall Rea: the testimonial monologue D.R.A.G. (Divided, Radical and Gorgeous) (2012), written by Rea, and the performed archive installation, Tr<uble (2015), written by Shannon Yee. As post-conflict memory works, both productions trouble a progressivist understanding of ‘moving on’ from the conflict: instead of memories being harnessed to the ethno-nationalist template established by the Belfast Agreement, the plays ‘move’ memory work in different directions at the same time, giving rise to a diverse set of emotions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-118
Number of pages16
JournalIrish University Review
Volume47
Issue number1
Early online date01 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

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