Lecturer in Drama
Mark has worked in Drama Studies at Queen's since 2001. His teaching and research involve theatre history and historiography; theatre and conflict; non-western theatre and performance; Irish theatre and photography; postcolonial theatre; performance, space and representation in theatre, politics and the public sphere.
Mark welcomes PhD students who are interested in working in any of these areas and is currently supervising a range of doctoral projects including work on Stewart Parker, Marina Carr, Translation for the Stage, the Role of Song in Irish Theatre, and on Queer Theatre & Performance.
Mark is also a member of the Executive Committees for both the Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) and the Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL) and sits on the National Organizing Committee of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora ( www.itd.tcd.ie ). He is also co-convenor of ISTR’s Historiography Working Group. Mark reviews regularly for the British Theatre Guide, Irish Theatre Magazine and BBC Radio Ulster’s Arts Extra and for CultureNI. He is also on the Board of Tinderbox Theatre Company
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5107
Room number: G02 House 12, University Square
Office Hours: by appointment
Recent and Forthcoming Publications:
‘“Authentic Reproductions”: Staging the Wild West in Modern Irish Drama’, Theatre Journal 61:2, (May 2009): 235-248
‘(Un)settlement: Political Parody and the Northern Irish Peace Process’ Ilha do Desterro (Special edition on Contemporary Irish Theatre) 58 (Jan-Jun 2010):191-216.
‘The Advent of Modern Irish Drama and the Abjection of Peasant Popular Culture: Folklore, Fairs and Faction Fighting’, Kritika Kultura, Special Edition on Radical Theatre and Ireland, 15 (2010): 149-169.
‘Gerald MacNamara and the “Necessity for ‘De-Hyderating’ the Revival’ Irish Theatre International, 1:1 (April 2008): 73-92.
‘The Critical “Gap of the North’: Nationalism, National Theatre, and the North’, Modern Drama, 47:4 (Winter 2004): 594-606.
‘The Fantasy of Post-Nationalism in Northern Theatre: Caught Red-Handed Transplanting the Planter’, Special Issue of Australian Drama Studies on Performing Ireland, 43 (October 2003): 89-108.
Chapters in Books:
Fair Play Synge’, in Patrick Lonergan (ed) Synge and his Influences: Centenary Essays from the Synge Summer School (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2011): 111-131.
‘Not So Innocent Landscapes: Remembrance, Representation and the Disappeared’ in Patrick Anderson and Jisha Menon (eds.) Violence Performed: Local Roots and Global Routes of Conflict. (London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008) 285-316.
‘Modernity, Geography, and Historiography:(Re)-Mapping Irish Theatre History in the 19th Century’ in Tracy C. Davis and Peter Holland (eds) The Performing Society: British Theatre in the Nineteenth-Century (London: Palgrave, 2007) pp. 135-158.
‘“Beyond the Pale”: Neglected Northern Irish Women Playwrights, Alice Milligan, Helen Waddell, Patricia O’Connor’ in Melissa Sihra (ed) Women in Irish Drama: A Century of Authorship and Representation (London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) pp. 109-129.
‘Performing “Authentic” Ireland: (Dis)connecting the Cultural Politics of the Irish Revival and the Celtic Tiger on the Irish Stage’ in Paul Murphy and Melissa Sihra (eds) The Dreaming Body: Contemporary Irish Theatre (New York: Oxford University Press; Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 2009) pp. 55-70.
‘Owen McCafferty’, in Martin Middeke and Peter Paul Schnierer (eds) The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary Irish Playwrights (London: Methuen, 2010) pp. 194-212.
‘Performing History’ in Mark Phelan (ed) The Northern Star: Stewart Parker (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2011) At Press
Tim Loane, The Comedy of Terrors: Caught Red-Handed and To Be Sure (Belfast: Lagan Press, 2008)
Stewart Parker: Radio and Stage Plays (Belfast: Lagan Press, 2012) forthcoming
The Northern Star: Stewart Parker (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2011) At press
Mark has been an invited speaker at several international conferences and is giving the keynote lecture at the forthcoming conference, Archives, Historiography, Politics: Ten Years On’, at NUI Galway. He has also been an invited speaker at The Ulster-Scots/Scots-Irish, Ireland and North America (Boston College Ireland, 2010); Queer Histories in the Archives (Galway 2010); The Belfast/Sarajevo Initiative for the Creative and Performing Arts (Belfast 2009); the Irish Theatrical Diaspora conferences (Galway 2009; Dublin 2004); Aftermath Images: Location and Memory in Post-Conflict Representations at Manchester Metropolitan University (May 2007); The Performing Society: Britain in the Nineteenth Century (2006) at the Huntington Library, USA (part of a five-year research project jointly sponsored by the Huntington and Palgrave Macmillan to redefine the disciplines of theatre history and historiography); the North American Victorian Studies Association’s special workshop on Victorian and Romantic Theatre, at Purdue University (2006); and Representing the Troubles at the Royal Irish Academy (2003). Mark has also been an invited speaker at Warwick University, Trinity College Dublin, the Royal Irish Academy, NUI Galway; NUI Dublin, the Dublin Theatre Festival, Linen Hall Library and the 2008 & 2010 Synge Summer Schools and at the Belfast Natural History and Philosophical Society.