Ph.D (Trinity College Dublin)
My research expertise is in twentieth-and-twenty-first-century Irish theatre and performance, with a specific focus 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. You can follow updates on my current research on Twitter here
Professional Affiliations; Outreach and Public Engagement
I am a member of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). From 2016 to 2020 I served as the Secretary-General (Communications) for IFTR, and sat on the Executive Committee from 2016-2021. I am also a member of the Irish Society for Theatre Research, and sat on the Executive Committee from 2014-2019.
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-and-twenty-first-century British and Irish playwrights, including several public lectures on the work of J.M. Synge. I'd be happy to give more!
I teach across all three undergraduate years including the core first-year module, Drama, Theatre and Performance. For final-year undergraduates I teach a module called Modern Irish Drama and… read more
I am currently dividing my time between three research projects, all of which I am very excited about.
The first is a new biography 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. My latest research on this topic, an essay called "Synge on Vagrancy" was published in Irish Studies Review in November 2020.
The second project is a collection of essays entitled Synge: Modernity and Modernism. This project brings together experts on Synge and modernisms in order to historicise Synge's works within the Ireland and Europe of his time and/or reflect on the intersections and influences of Irish and European modernisms.
The third project considers how nostalgia is produced and to what effect in contemporary performance. My most recent work on this project, "Performing the Rural in Contemporary Irish Theatre" was published in New Theatre Quarterly in 2019.
CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2020. "Synge on vagrancy: labour, workhouses and the feeble-minded" Irish Studies Review. 28(4),
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 very interested in hearing from prospective PhD students interested in modern and contemporary Irish and British theatre and performance.
I teach across all three undergraduate years including the core first-year module, Drama, Theatre and Performance. For final-year undergraduates I teach a module called Modern Irish Drama and Literature, which is directly informed by my own research.
My past research has focused on modern and contemporary Irish theatre and performance, with a particular focus on the works of J.M. Synge. My first monograph, Theatre and Residual Culture: J.M. Synge and Pre-Christian Ireland was published by Palgrave in 2016, and it was reviewed as 'the most important volume on Synge to be published in decades'. I have also published a guide to arguably Synge's most controversial play, The Playboy of the Western World (Routledge, 2016) as well as writing the introduction to the Methuen Student Edition of The Playboy of the Western World (Methuen, 2021). My reserarch on contemporary Irish theatre includes articles in New Theatre Quarterly, The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance (Palgrave 2018) and a collection of essays that I co-edited entitled Ireland, Memory and Performing the Historical Imagination (Palgrave 2014).