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Chris Collins

Assistant Professor in Drama, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I like to research how performance can be instrumental in staging cultures and memories forgotten by dominant culture and society. My current research focuses on how memory is performed as a way of contesting the hegemony of history, and strengthen communal bonds and forge new communities in different spaces and places.

I have also published widely on Irish theatre and performance, particularly in relation to the plays and performances of Irish playwright, J.M. Synge.

Outreach and Public Engagement

I also work as an actor, director, dramaturg, and have numerous professional credits. All of my professional credits focus on the performance of memory. I also work as a community-based workshop facilitator. My practice-as-research is in facilitating workshops on collective memory with different communities. I have led collective memory workshops in diverse settings: from working in category 'A' prisons, to working with children and young adults with chronic illnesses and handicaps.

I have given many public workshops/lectures and post-show discussions on twentieth century playwrights, and I'd be happy to give more! Just drop me an email.

Expertise Summary

I have two areas of practice-as-research expertise:

1) How memory, forgetting, heritage, nostalgia, in different spaces/places contest dominant historical/ideological narratives.

2) Twentieth-century Anglo-Irish Drama, particularly the work of the early Abbey Theatre playwrights from 1899-1950.

Teaching Summary

I have convened a wide number of modules from undergraduate to PhD level. My research-led teaching experience is on Anglo-Irish theatre, directing for the stage, contemporary theatre, and memory in… read more

Recent Publications

  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2016. Theatre and Residual Culture: J.M. Synge and Pre-Christian Ireland Palgrave Macmillan.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2016. The Playboy of the Western World Routledge.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. 'This World of Inarticualte Power': J.M. Synge's Riders to the Sea and Magical Realism. In: JOSÉ LANTERS and JOAN FITZPATRICK DEAN, eds., Beyond Realism: Experimental and Unconventional Irish Drama Since the Revival Rodopi.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. The Abbey Theatre. In: SIMON WILLIAMS, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia to Stage Actors and Acting Cambridge University Press.

I have convened a wide number of modules from undergraduate to PhD level. My research-led teaching experience is on Anglo-Irish theatre, directing for the stage, contemporary theatre, and memory in performance. I teach at all undergraduate levels for the School of English and I am the convener of the first-year module Q31501: Drama, Theatre, Performance.

Past Research

Since 2008 I have been researching the plays and performances of J.M. Synge which culminated in the acceptance of two monographs for publication in 2016: Theatre and Residual Culture: J.M. Synge and Pre-Christian Ireland (Palgrave) and J.M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World (Routledge). I continue to write on Synge's plays and performances.

During this same period, I also researched what it means to perform faded memories and forgotten histories in Irish theatre. This research project culminated in the publication of a co-edited collection of essays in 2014: Ireland, Memory and Performing the Historical Imagination (Palgrave). This research project formed the basis of one of my aspect of my contemporary research that considers how memory is performed in contemporary theatre as a way of contesting the hegemony of history, and strengthen communal bonds and forge new communities in different spaces and places.

  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2016. Theatre and Residual Culture: J.M. Synge and Pre-Christian Ireland Palgrave Macmillan.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2016. The Playboy of the Western World Routledge.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. 'This World of Inarticualte Power': J.M. Synge's Riders to the Sea and Magical Realism. In: JOSÉ LANTERS and JOAN FITZPATRICK DEAN, eds., Beyond Realism: Experimental and Unconventional Irish Drama Since the Revival Rodopi.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. The Abbey Theatre. In: SIMON WILLIAMS, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia to Stage Actors and Acting Cambridge University Press.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. Dion Boucicault. In: SIMON WILLIAMS, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia to Stage Actors and Acting Cambridge University Press.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. Francis Fay. In: SIMON WILLIAMS, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia to Stage Actors and Acting Cambridge University Press.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. Olwen Fouéré. In: SIMON WILLIAMS, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia to Stage Actors and Acting Cambridge University Press.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. The Gaiety Theatre. In: SIMON WILLIAMS, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia to Stage Actors and Acting Cambridge University Press.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. The Gate Theatre. In: SIMON WILLIAMS, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia to Stage Actors and Acting Cambridge University Press.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. Francis Gentleman. In: SIMON WILLIAMS, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia to Stage Actors and Acting Cambridge University Press.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. George Roberts. In: SIMON WILLIAMS, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia to Stage Actors and Acting Cambridge University Press.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. W.B. Yeats. In: SIMON WILLIAMS, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia to Stage Actors and Acting Cambridge University Press.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2015. Máire Nic Shiubhlaigh. In: SIMON WILLIAMS, ed., The Cambridge Encyclopedia to Stage Actors and Acting
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS and MARY P. CAULFIELD, eds., 2014. Ireland, Memory and Performing the Historical Imagination Palgrave Macmillan.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2014. Synge, Riders to the Sea and the Discontents of Historical Time Irish Theatre International. 3(1),
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2014. Synge and 'Protestant Comedy'. In: ERIC WEITZ, ed., For the Sake of Sanity: Doing Things with Humour in Irish Performance Carysfort Press.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2014. Forgetting Follow. In: CHRISTOPHER COLLINS and MARY P. CAULFIELD, eds., Ireland, Memory and Performing the Historical Imagination Palgrave Macmillan.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS and MARY P. CAULFIELD, 2014. Introduction: The Rest is History. In: CHRISTOPHER COLLINS and MARY P. CAULFIELD, eds., Ireland, Memory and Performing the Historical Imagination Palgrave Macmillan.
  • DIR: CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2014. The Last 5 Years The Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland, 01/01/1900 00:00:00
  • DIR: CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2013. Nyet! Nyet! Soviet The Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin, Ireland., 01/01/1900 00:00:00
  • DIR: ZOE NÍ RIORDAN and DRAMATURGY: CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2013. The Lesson Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland, 01/01/1900 00:00:00
  • NICHOLAS JOHNSON and CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2013. No Matter: George Berkley's Three Dialogues The Long Room Hub, Dublin, Ireland, 01/01/1900 00:00:00
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2012. J.M. Synge, W.B. Yeats and The Changeling of the Western World. In: RHONA TRENCH, ed., Staging Thought: Essays on Irish Theatre, Scholarship and Practice Peter Lang.
  • CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2011. Synge Scholarship: Nothing to do with Nationalism? Theatre Research International. 36(3),

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