Ph.D (Trinity College Dublin)
My expertise lies in thinking about how theatre and performance engages with subcultural histories. In order to do this, I primarily work with critical theories on memory, history, forgetting and nostalgia. I have published extensively on the work of Irish playwright J.M. Synge in relation to these critical concepts.
I am interested in hearing from prospective PhD students interested in modern and contemporary Irish and British theatre and performance.
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Outreach and Public Engagement
I have worked as a community-based workshop facilitator, leading workshops in category 'A' prisons, and 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.
I am currently dividing my time between three research projects. The first is a new monograph entitled J.M. Synge and the Time of His Life. In this book, I am thinking about how and why Synge's works… read more
CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2019. Performing the Rural in Contemporary Irish Theatre New Theatre Quarterly. 35(4),
CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2018. "Other Theatres". In: EAMONN JORDAN and ERIC WEITZ, eds., The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Palgrave Macmillan.
I am currently dividing my time between three research projects. The first is a new monograph entitled J.M. Synge and the Time of His Life. In this book, I am thinking about how and why Synge's works document an alternative social history of Ireland at the dawn of the twentieth century. The second project considers the phenomenon of the fairy extravaganza on the Victorian stage in Britain, considering intersections of class, gender, sexuality and the supernatural. Finally, I am also interested in how nostalgia is produced and to what effect in contemporary performance.