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The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is delighted to be hosting this year’s programme of events for Trinity Week. The theme for the week is “Memory”. The public is invited to participate in this week long programme which will include exciting events which demonstrate the key role memory plays in the teaching and research in the Faculty.

Trinity Week commences on “Trinity Monday”, 11th April, when Trinity College Dublin celebrates the announcement of the Honorary Fellows, new Fellows and Scholars of the college. The ceremony is one of the oldest and most colourful at Trinity College and refers back to the foundation of Trinity College in 1592 as a corporation consisting of the Provost, the Fellows and the Scholars.

This is followed by a week of events including symposia, lectures, roundtable discussions and many other events around the theme of memory, which will be of interest to the general public.

Please inspect here for further information!


DU Film Society's short film, Nathifa, accepted for Cannes 2016

'Nathifa', written and directed by Fiadh Melina and produced by Amy Chapelow, is about a young YouTuber who wants to reveal a secret to her fans; she is a victim of female genital mutilation, and wants to tell her story so that this topic can be more widely discussed in Western Europe. Nathifa's best friend, Riona, is on hand to support her.

Department of Film graduates work on RTÉ's stunning five part 1916 drama Rebellion !

Now screening on RTÉ, the five part 1916 drama, Rebellion, was partly shot at Trinity.
We are very proud of our film studies graduates and Rebellion crew members, Howard Jones (camera trainee) and Iseult Timmons Ward (assistant production coordinator).

Please also see following podcast: Rebellion creator Colin Teevan talks to Fionn Davenport, Laurence Mackin and Ruth Barton of the Department of Film Studies about bringing the women and men of 1916 to life on screen, and the perils of producing period drama:


'Vigilate' performed by the Campanile Consort on
Friday, 18th December, 2015


Photo credit: Dr. Simon Trezise, Department of Music


The 28th Conference of the International Society for Humor Studies will be hosted at Trinity from June 27 to July 1, 2016.

We are expecting scholars and practitioners from many countries and a wide range of disciplines to engage with the conference theme, ‘Humor as Embodied Practice’. Conference activities will begin on Monday the 27th with pre-conference sessions, including what we are calling Interdisciplinary Huddles, for attendees who would look forward to engaging in specially moderated small-group discussions (no more than five in each) with a prime directive of getting researchers from diverse scholarly and practical backgrounds to talk to one another. The Conference will open officially in the afternoon with a brief welcome from our Conference Fool, Little John Nee – whose song, ‘The World Brings Fools Together’, provides the informal tag line for our gathering. Tuesday through Friday will be full conference days with plenary sessions, panel discussions, practice-based workshops, installations and paper sessions. A conference banquet will be held on Wednesday night in the Dining Hall. A special performance event is being produced in association with the conference on Thursday night, 30 June, titled, Laughter in Our Bones: A Comic Cultural Buffet, offering short, classic comic pieces from Dublin’s range of ethnic communities along with several Irish sub-cultures, within a free-moving, fairground atmosphere. For registration and full conference details, please visit the conference social media page.


Our new Professor of Music is Jane Alden - read her interview in the 2014/15 #ProvostsReview


No Say No Way! The Music Composition Centre welcomes Jennifer Torrence, solo percussionist at the Norwegian Academy of Music, at the Long Room Hub!

No Say No Way
a show by François Sarhan
Performed by Jennifer Torrence
Monday, December 7, 2015, 6:15pm

François Sarhan (composer/director) and Jennifer Torrence (performance) collaborate to create an evening-length solo production about reticence, obsession, and the failure to execute. Through body, voice, and ritual, Jennifer Torrence presents No Say No Way, a fascinating lecture-performance on the history, mystery, beauty, truth, and transcendence of the iconic percussion instruments, the triangle (△).
No Say No Way is commissioned by Jennifer Torrence with funds from the Arts Council Norway.

Further materials:
A trailer here:
Images here:


Dr Eric Weitz's new publication titled Theatre & Laughter

Congratulations to Dr Eric Weitz of the Drama Department, Trinity College Dublin on the publication of his new book Theatre & Laughter.

Amongst other topics, the book explores the capacity for humour to help bring about social change. We can't wait for the launch, date to be confirmed.

Debut Festival 2015

The three week festival continues to showcase the five impressive plays from graduating directors of TCD's BA in Drama and Theatre Studies course, with performances from Wednesday to Friday at 6pm and 8pm. The festival started on Wednesday 25 November.
 € 10, €5 concession per show
Booking: Tickets will be available on the door from 1 hour before performance time.


Professor Matthew Causey to present keynote lecture at the forthcoming Coimbra International Conference of Coimbra, Faculty of Letters, Department of Philosophy, Communication and Information, 27th – 29th October, 2016

Professor Matthew Causey has been invited to present the keynote lecture at the forthcoming Coimbra International Conference of Coimbra, Faculty of Letters, Department of Philosophy, Communication and Information, taking place from the 27th – 29th October, 2016. Coimbra, Portugal. His keynote is titled The Realities of the Virtual and the Origin of the Work of Art in Digital Culture. For more information, please inspect here. Professor Causey will also contribute a chapter to the forthcoming publication titled Resisting Biopolitics: Philosophical, Political and Performative Strategies, edited by Professor Steve Wilmer and Audronė Žukauskaitė  (2015 Routledge)

No's Knife, an adaptation of Texts for Nothing by Samuel Beckett co-created by performer Lisa Dwan and Nicholas Johnson at the Lincoln Center

No's Knife, an adaptation of Texts for Nothing by Samuel Beckett co-created by performer Lisa Dwan and Nicholas Johnson, enjoyed a sold-out run at the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center on 9 and 10 November. The production was directed by Nicholas Johnson (Assistant Professor of Drama) as well as designed by Katherine Graham and assistant directed by Marc Atkinson, both TCD Drama alumni. The production, commissioned by Lincoln Center, was also supported by the Trinity Long Room Hub Research Institute for the Humanities and the Samuel Beckett Theatre. Press information is online here.

Department of Music PhD student Elis Czerniak's work to be performed by The Hermes Experiment at Handel and Hendrix London Composer-in-Residence Series!

We are delighted to announce that our Department of Music PhD student Elis Czerniak's work will be performed by The Hermes Experiment as part of the Handel and Hendrix in London Composer-in-Residence Series (CiR). The concert will take place at 2pm on the 22nd November. For more information on The Hermes Experiment CiR concert programme description, please inspect here. Elis is undertaking his PhD in the Department of Music under the supervision of Dr. Evangelia Rigaki. He plans to complete his PhD in 2016. To hear compositions by Elis, please inspect here. Elis is also assisting with the organisation of the The Ninth Annual Society for Musicology Ireland (SMI) Postgraduate Students’ Conference hosted by Trinity College, Dublin on 15–16 January, 2016.

We wish Elis and The Hermes Experiment the very best of success with this exciting concert on the 22nd November!


Nicholas Johnson directs Beckett at Lincoln Center

On 9 November in New York, Dr Nicholas Johnson, Assistant Professor of Drama, is directing No's Knife, a world premiere based on Samuel Beckett's Texts for Nothing, with the noted Irish actor Lisa Dwan. This co-created adaptation was specially commissioned by the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center, and has been rehearsed in London and Dublin during the summer. The production team features two TCD Drama alumni, Katherine Graham (Design) and Marc Atkinson (Assistant Director). The production is extremely grateful for the support of the Trinity Long Room Hub and the Samuel Beckett Centre. See more at


*Call For Papers
Deleuze + Art: Multiplicities |Thresholds | Potentialities
Conference on 8 – 10 April 2016

Professor Stephen Elliot Wilmer and Radek Przedpełski

Co-hosted by the School of Drama, Film and Music at Trinity College Dublin
Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute

*We kindly request abstracts of no more than 500 words for a 20 min. presentation by 1 December 2015 sent to Participants will be notified by 15 December 2015.

The conference seeks to approach the onto-aesthetic fields of emergence and their generative thresholds from two interpenetrating and co-implicated angles: philosophical concepts and singular art universes. Consequently, we would both encourage submissions charting connections between Deleuze's onto-aesthetics and other philosophies, but at the same time we would like to hear from practitioners "on the ground" starting with the particular – anthropologists, art critics, and artists themselves.

Keynote speakers
Mieke Bal Amsterdam University (NL)
Barbara Glowczewski CNRS, Paris (FR)
Erin Manning Concordia University, Montreal (CA)
Simon O'Sullivan Goldsmiths, University of London (UK)
Dan Smith Purdue University (US)
James Williams University of Dundee (UK)
Stephen Zepke Independent scholar, Vienna (AT)
Audronė Žukauskaitė Lithuanian Culture Research Institute (LT)

For further information on this conference please inspect here.


'Ourselves Alone' screening and discussion, Irish Film Institute, Thurs 5 November, 6.30pm

In 1995 on the occasion of the international centenary of the birth of cinema, film historian, Kevin Rockett and director Donald Taylor Black took stock of Irish film history, exploring foreign and indigenous representations of Ireland and the Irish. They invited leading practitioners Joe Comerford, Bob Quinn, Pat Murphy, Cathal Black, Thaddeus O'Sullivan, Jim Sheridan, and Neil Jordan to consider Irish cinema and their role in shaping a national identity.

Following the screening of this seminal documentary, Ruth Barton of TCD Film Studies will host a discussion with Rockett and Taylor Black considering developments in Irish film culture over the past 20 years. Please visit the IFI website for further information here.


Professor of Music Explores Performance Potential of Notation at Inaugural Lecture

Trinity's Professor of Music explores performance potential of notation in inaugural lecture on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015. Professor Alden’s lecture included discussion of Cornelius Cardew’s famous composition, Treatise (1963–67). This graphic score, comprising 193 pages of lines, symbols, and various geometric or abstract shapes, is a “landmark of calligraphic and conceptual originality”, according to Professor Alden. Read more here..


New dates for your diary!
Music at Trinity and Music Composition Composition Centre event listing for 2015-16!

As part of its ongoing commitment to social engagement and educational outreach, the Music Department of Trinity College Dublin offers a series of lectures and recitals that take place in various Trinity College venues, the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM), and other civic venues. These events are possible thanks to collaboration with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the department’s own Music Composition Centre.

Please inspect here for a full listing of the events!


The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology, Through the Virtual, Towards the Real, edited by Matthew Causey, Emma Meehan, Neill O'Dwyer.

The School is delighted to welcome the launch of The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology Through the Virtual, Towards the Real, edited by Matthew Causey, Emma Meehan, Neill O'Dwyer.

The volume examines a wide range of activities, from bio-art to internet, gaming and social networking technologies to the use of motion-tracking in developing choreography and documentation. The authors draw from diverse perspectives in dance, theatre, performance, film and music studies, digital arts and culture.

The publication is available to purchase here.


BOG BODIES at the The Arts Technology Laboratory (ATRL)

The Arts Technology Laboratory (ATRL) welcomes Bog Bodies on Saturday, 18th July at 8pm sharp / doors 7.30pm.

Following on from their residency at the Model Sligo, we are delighted to welcome Bog Bodies to the ATRL for their first Dublin show featuring new cross genre work from musicians & composers Robert Stillman, Sean Carpio, Anders Holst and film maker Ben Rowley.  These multi-disciplinary artists have developed compositions collectively that incorporate music, sound design and live 16 mm film projections. Read more..


Sound and Music - Embedded Spring 2015

We are delighted to announce that our Department of Music graduate, David Coonan, has been selected to work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Cafe OTO and Music Hackspace! Congratulations David!


David Coonan is an Irish composer currently based in London. His work is driven by a notion of creative recycling, and his all-embracing musical curiosity has led to a body of compositions mindful of many diverse musical influences. His works have been performed by, amongst others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RAM Manson Ensemble, and with conductors including Gavin Maloney and François-Xavier Roth,. Current projects include works for the Pythagoras Ensemble (UK), and a song cycle based on the poetry of Federico García Lorca for Baltimore-based chamber music collective Vivre Musicale. He was a featured composer in the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra's 'Horizons' Series in January 2015; this saw the premiere of his Sarcasms for orchestra, an RTÉ commission, and his violin concerto Träumerei, with soloist Kristine Balanas, in a portrait concert at the National Concert Hall in Dublin. He is a member of the Association of Irish Composers, the Irish Composers Collective, and the London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub community. He studied at Trinity College Dublin with Donnacha Dennehy, and pursued further composition studies with Christopher Austin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.


The Department of Film Studies wishes is recruit to new Assistant Professor in Film Studies, with a specialism in Digital Theory and Practice. The deadline for applications is the 2nd June. Please see the position description here for your information.

Please email should you have any questions.



Dr Susan O'Neill, Associate Professor of Arts Education at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada has been appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Trinity Long Room Hub in collaboration with the School of Drama, Film and Music. Her visit will contribute to Trinity's Identities in Transformation and Creative Arts Practice research themes. For full information, please visit the Trinity Long Room Hub website.


Dublin Pure Data Mini-Conference 2015

Dublin Pure Data Mini-Conference 2015 will take place on the 26th and 27th June with keynote speaker Kerry Hagen from the University of Limerick. The theme of the conference is 'performance+'. The conference will take place in the Department of Music, House 5.


The film "The Clouds of Guernica" by Justin MacGregor, Department of Film Studies , has been selected to attend the International Pavilion of Screenwriters at this year's Cannes Film Festival by the Maison des Scenaristes (Home of Screenwriters). His attendance will include master classes, screenings and meetings, as well as a three hour presentation of his writing. He was selected from over 200 applicants and the only one from Ireland and the United Kingdom.


The Maison Des Scénaristes is an association of scriptwriters regulated by the French Association Law of 1901. The goal is to restore the script to the heart of the artistic process and the financing of all films. In May of 2012, they opened the first "International Pavilion of Scriptwriters" at the Cannes Film Festival. 12 contracts were signed, 1 feature film and 3 short films were shot among the hundred writers selected to come propose their projects to film producers. In 2014, they will continue to work toward the recognition of our trade and greater visibility.

• To represent scriptwriters at international festivals.
• To foster encounters between scriptwriters, producers, directors, actors, distributors and other film professionals whatever their nationalities.
• To find private investors interested in financing scripts through The Scriptwriters Pavilion.

• To provide a venue for scriptwriters in the festivals where they can promote their work and propose their skills to professionals while improving the visibility of their trade for greater public.
• To promote encounters between scriptwriters from around the world to help stimulate new forms of writing and works of a more universal nature.
• To encourage exchanges between all the players in the profession toward a better understanding of the mechanisms behind the making and diffusion of a film.
• To increase sources of financing for the writing of a script to improve its quality, in particular for independent films.

The International Scriptwriters' Pavilion, created for the Cannes Film Festival of 2012 and 2013, proved the veritable launching pad of the "Maison Des Scénaristes", allowing them to assess the needs and desires of all those who play a role in film production and distribution. The success of its initiative far exceeded our expectations and clearly demonstrated a real interest in a pavilion representing and uniting scriptwriters on both a national and international level.


Lenny Abrahamson, Filmmaker-in-residence, receives Alumni Award presented by the Provost.



The Department of Film Studies launches exciting new Shot at Trinity website (currently under redevelopment).



Trinity Appoints New Professor of Music

Please read article here


Dr. Ruth Barton to participate in RTÉ's 'Road to the Rising 1915' on Easter Monday 6 April. Her talk 'Going to the Movies in 1915' will take place at the Trinity Suite, Gresham Hotel at 3pm.


Professor Jane Alden to perform in music improvisation and visual performance event at Cafe Oto, Dalston, London, on the 22nd February, titled The Scratch Orchestra's Nature Study Notes. For further reading please see here


April 7th: Dr. Ruth Barton in conversation with director, Jim Sheridan, as part of the Irish Film Institute's Spring 2015 Evening Course For further details, please see IFI website.


Music at Trinity - Dates for your diary!

For further details, please inspect here


The Music Composition Centre and Music Department are delighted to announce that acclaimed musicians William Dowdall (flute), Paul Roe (clarinet) and Richard O'Donnell (percussion) are TCD's new Musicians in Residence.


For further details, please inspect here




Call for The Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) for Scenographic Things / Scenography Objects at the Trinity Long Room Hub on the 23rd April, 2015

TaPRA Prague


The Trinity Long Room Hub welcomes TaPRA to Ireland on 23 April 2015. Scenographic Things / Scenography Objects will be the first TaPRA event to be held outside the UK and is a day-long performance research seminar organized by the TaPRA Scenography Working Group. It anticipates the 2015 Prague Quadrennial (PQ), the world's largest scenography exhibition. The PQ adopted in 2011 the subtitle 'of Performance Design and Space,' responding to the progressive interdisciplinarity of its subject matter in line with the increasing globalization, mediatization and technologization of culture. Such developments raise questions about what constitutes 'scenography' and how it functions, which have implications for both the contemporary practice and histories of performance design worldwide.

Bringing together a range of scholars and arts practitioners from the intersecting fields of theatre, performance, design and visual arts, Scenographic Things / Scenography Objects focuses on two connected, topical issues within the field: scenography's materiality and status as a craft; and its potential to 'object' – to challenge tradition through its material and visual aesthetics – as part of theatre, performance or political activism. We welcome the contribution of new and transdisciplinary voices at this seminar. The event will also be open to the wider public, and we invite all participants to bring a small scenographic 'object' if they wish, which we hope will facilitate a final discussion of the event's themes, in addition to a timely consideration of where the field has been, where it is, and where it is going, in a wider European context.

International guest speakers include: Sodja Lotker, artistic director of the PQ; Jamie Varten, an award-winning designer of theatre, opera and dance who has worked extensively in Europe, the UK, and Ireland – where he is perhaps best known for designing recent productions of dramatist Enda Walsh's work; and Christopher Baugh, a designer who has worked with a range of diverse theatres including the Abbey, is Emeritus Professor of Performance and Technology at the University of Leeds, and author of the ground breaking Theatre, Performance and Technology: The Development and Transformation of Scenography (Palgrave Macmillan: 2nd edition, 2014). Dublin-based visual arts organization MART, which is curating Ireland's participation in PQ2015, will also present some of its work.

TaPRA membership for the year, through which you can join all the organization's working groups, will be available to all in attendance at the special interim event rate of £10. The Scenography Working Group actively promotes practice-as-research methods and invites proposals in a variety of different presentation formats. These formats can include, but are not limited to: • 20min paper/practice presentation • 20 min Performance Practice • 20 min PechaKucha* * A PowerPoint presentation with 20 images/sides set to automatically progress after 20 seconds. Presenters are then invited to speak alongside their images if they wish. This format is ideal for sharing image-based provocations or artistic practice in a time efficient manner. If you plan to submit a proposal that includes a technical or spatial requirement, early consultation with us is important. If this applies, please contact Siobhán O'Gorman at the email below to discuss your requirements before you submit.

Proposals, including an abstract and biography (max 300 words each) responding to the title 'Scenographic Things / Scenography Objects' can be sent to each of the working group co-convenors by Thursday, 12 February 2015:
Fred Meller, University of the Arts, London:
Siobhán O'Gorman, Trinity College Dublin:
Luis Campos, Rose Bruford College, London:



Announcement of New Professor of Music
The Provost and the School of Drama, Film and Music welcome our new colleague, Professor Jane Alden, Professor of Music


Please see here for more photographs of the special reception to welcome Professor Alden to our School.


Book launch and film screening of Mare Nostrum with introduction by Dr Ruth Barton, Department of Film Studies, author of Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen, Wednesday, 9th December, 2014 Irish Film Institute.


This silent film will be accompanied by a specially created score by 3epkano which will be performed live. Mare Nostrum was Irish director Rex Ingram's second World War One release after The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse of 1921. It was also his and his wife and star, Alice Terry's, favourite film. For Terry this was because she was finally able to play a femme fatale, the Austrian spy, Freya Thalberg. For Ingram, it was the first film he made at the Victorine Studios in Nice, far from the constraints of Hollywood and his nemesis, Louis B. Mayer. Mare Nostrum contains many Ingram trademarks, particularly his eye for scenery, his love of grotesque characters and his exploration of supernatural themes.


The film is rarely seen nowadays and this beautifully restored print is a reminder of what an extraordinarily talented filmmaker Ingram was. 3epkano are a Dublin based collective who are dedicated to producing original soundtracks for silent and avant-garde cinema. Founded in early 2004 by Matthew Nolan, they have played numerous headline shows in both Ireland and the US to great critical acclaim. The group have also been commissioned to produce new music for such prestigious institutions as The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Fringe Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Centre and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. They also performed at The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC to launch their winter 2011 film programme. The group's most recent project involves collaboration with the acclaimed Irish singer Iarla Ó'Lionáird on a score for the German classic, Der Golem. They will release their score for this movie in early 2015.

Their score for Mare Nostrum has been created specially for the IFI screening and has been funded by the Trinity College Dublin Visual and Performing Arts Fund.


Vimma Research Picnic at the Arts Technology Research Laboratory, Trinity College Dublin. 24 - 27 November 2014


The Vimma Research Picnic was a four-day workshop where participants from Trinity College Dublin and University of Tampere meet up to share ideas and experiences evoked at the crossroads of new performing environments. The objective of the Picnic was to map out some of the problems and points of further study in creations capitalizing on interactive technologies in performing arts. The invitees presented and demonstrated their techno-artistic performance inventions in an informal setting. All participants were invited to bring to the Picnic questions and problems arising out of their experiences on performing with interactive technology. These matters were treated and discussed together in a practical manner.


Technological improvisation at ATRL with the VIMMA group from University of Tampere, Finland. With the dancers Cindy Cummings and Regan O'Brien

The Vimma Research Picnic was co-organised by TCD/ Arts Technology Research Laboratory and the Vimma project, hosted by the Centre for Practise as Research in Theatre T7 (School on Communication, Media and Theatre CMT/ University of Tampere).


Debut Festival 2014

The Department of Drama proudly presents The Debut Festival 2014, the advanced directors' final showcase from 19th November - 5th December, 2014.



Trinity Today talks to Pauline Turley, Artistic Director of the Irish Arts Center in New York, and B.A. (1996) Department of Drama.

Pauline Turley, Artistic Director of the Irish Arts Center in New York and B.A. (1996) Department of Drama, talks to Niall McKay B.A.(1989), in the current edition of Trinity Today, about how she loves promoting Irish Arts in New York here



School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity Academics and Alumni Contribute to the Fifth Mumbai International Literary Festival


Dr. Nicolas Johnson with his class

Leading academics and literary figures from Trinity College Dublin will take part in the Fifth Mumbai International Literary Festival, in Mumbai, India this November. Trinity Professor Brian Singleton and Dr. Nicolas Johnson, along with Trinity graduate and Man Booker Prize, Anne Enright, will represent Trinity's prestigious literary history, while recognising the university's current world-leading expertise in the areas of literature, drama and performance. Trinity's involvement in the festival is part of the university's ever-growing relationship with India, and comes at the start of a wider engagement mission throughout the country in November. The festival is an internationally-renowned gathering of writers, actors, dramatists, speakers and literary figures from across the globe. The annual festival attracts upwards of 500 delegates and will reach an audience of over 20,000 people from India and beyond. It takes place in Mumbai's famous Prithvi Theatre and India's National Centre for the Preforming Arts, the country's premier cultural institution. Acclaimed author and Trinity alumna Anne Enright's most recent achievements include winning the 2007 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Gathering and the 2013 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for The Forgotten Waltz. She will join international multi award-winning authors Akhil Sharma, Sathnam Sanghera and Anita Nair for a panel session on the theme of Mined the family: Do only unhappy families make good stories? Enright graduated from Trinity with a degree in English and Philosophy and has since gone on to become one of Ireland's preeminent contemporary authors, being made a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature. Professor Brian Singleton, the Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama and Theatre at Trinity and Academic Director of The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art, will deliver a major workshop at the festival on the theme of the 'Global Stage'. Professor Singleton has published extensively in the fields of orientalism and interculturalism in performance, as well as on contemporary Irish and European theatre, including his most recent monograph, Masculinities and the Contemporary Irish Theatre. One of Ireland's greatest literary figures and Trinity graduate, Samuel Beckett, will be discussed during the festival at an event entitled Abstract Machines: The Televisual Beckett, led by Dr Nicolas Johnson, Assistant Professor of Drama at Trinity. This will include a screening of Beckett's late television plays and will be followed by a lecture and discussion. This will allow attendees a unique opportunity to hear a current Trinity professor and widely published Beckett expert discuss one of Trinity's most influential alumni on a global stage.


The Mumbai International Literary Festival comes at an exciting time for Trinity, as the University recently became the owner of an extensive collection of Samuel Beckett letters. It now holds the largest collection of Beckett letters of any research library in the world. It is a fitting home for the correspondence of one of Trinity College Dublin's most famous alumni, who graduated as a gold medallist in 1927, joining other former students from the university's prestigious literary past including Johnathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker. In addition to the festival, Trinity College Dublin faculty and staff will participate in a range of engagements in India during the month of November, including a science and innovation workshop in Bangalore in collaboration with Mallya Aditi International School, education fairs and a convocation speech by Trinity's President, Dr. Patrick Prendergast, at Thapar University. Details of Trinity's activities in India in November can be found on the Global Relations website.



Magic 1943 - A Dance Odyssey Reunion

On the 28 October, Deirdre Mulrooney, writer for Vulgo, and the Samuel Beckett Theatre presented a celebrating the 1940s Tiny Tots by showcasing of a new mini-documentary titled 'Magic 1943 - A Dance Odyssey', about a forgotten tale of creativity & the body of work of Erina Brady, Irish-German dance pioneer, that spans from 1943 to 2013. Dr Ruth Barton from the Department of Film Studies, moderated a post-show discussion.


''I was handed a seven minute black and white tape called "Dance School", featuring none other than Erina Brady teaching angelic little 1940s tiny tots modern dance in her "Irish School of Dance Art" studio, which, as I knew from Jacqueline Robinson's 1999 Memoir "Modern Dance in 1940s Ireland" (published in Irish Moves), was at 39 Harcourt Street. Wow!'' - Deirdre Mulrooney


THE STARS (seated, from left): Barbara Sweetman Fitzgerald, Romy Hogan, Jennifer Kearney, Biddy Wilson, Ann Fryer Walsh, Margaret Becker - being introduced by Ruth Barton of TCD Film Studies.


A lively, electric discussion ensues


The apocalypse of Rex Ingram: how a young Irishman came to make one of the greatest World War I films of silent era Hollywood

Dr Ruth Barton, Department of Film Studies presented a lecture on the 22nd October as part of the Centre for Contemporary History Seminar Series 2014-15. The lecture was titled 'The apocalypse of Rex Ingram: how a young Irishman came to make one of the greatest World War I films of silent era Hollywood'. For more information on the series please see the Trinity Long Room Hub website.


Performing Space: Dublin Theatre Festival Symposium

Co-organised by Siobhán O'Gorman and Noelia Ruiz, with Gail Weadick and Brian Singleton, this day-long symposium examines the power of performance to transform any space into a kinetically-charged place. A series of exciting panels will respond to the idea of 'making scenes' in relation to identities, politics, geographies, technologies and histories. Bringing together a range of practitioners, designers and academics from Ireland and beyond, Performing Space explores the landscape of scenography in its evolution from past to contemporary applications.

Speakers include: Sodja Lotker, director of the Prague Quadrennial for Performance Design and Space; Aoife Monks, author of The Actor in Costume (2010); Anna McMullan, leader of the AHRC-funded Staging Beckett project – a pilot for a UK-wide performance database involving collaboration between the Universities of Reading and Chester, and London's Victoria and Albert Museum; Chris Morash, co-author of Mapping Irish Theatre: Theories of Space and Place (2013); a roundtable of performers and performance designers; a special guest panel encompassing members of Pan Pan theatre company; and many more Irish and international experts on the subject of performing space. Performing Space offers a range of perspectives relevant to contemporary and historical performance design, in addition to issues of space, place and evental processes.

Topics for discussion include: scenographic compositions; performance, architecture and public space; documenting scenography; bodies in space; and practice-based considerations of space and scenic production. Ongoing throughout the symposium will be an exhibition of Pan Pan Theatre's scenography. Performing Space will be of particular interest to theatre-makers, students and researchers. This public event, presented in association with Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, is kindly supported by Fáilte Ireland and the Trinity Visual and Performing Arts Fund. Following the symposium, at 7pm, The Irish Society of Theatre Research will launch a selection of new volumes on Irish Theatre and Performance.

Venue: Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin Date: 9 Oct 2014, 9.00 am

Tickets: €15. Early booking is advised due to limited capacity. Includes light lunch, refreshments and wine.

Booking: Online, by phone +353 1 677 8899 or in person at the Dublin Theatre Festival box office, 44 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

For Further information:



TCD Sakharov Prize hosted by Dr. Nicolas Johnson

On the 29th September Dr. Nicolas Johnson, Department of Drama, hosted and opened the TCD Sakharov Prize debate at the European Parliament Offices


Dr Denis Mukwege hailed as Sakharov Prize winner, please see here


Department of Film Studies successful nominations for the SMedias 2014

Congratulations to Donncha Gilmore & team, Glenn Whelan & team, on their Short Film of the Year at the SMedia Awards 2014!


"Off Beat" Directed by Glenn Whelan, Produced by Emilie Sherlock, Written by Josh Reichental


"Anti Social" Directed by Donncha Gilmore, Produced by Emilie Sherlock and Written by David Cullinan and Donncha Gilmore, Starring Katen Finegan

The Short Film of the Year at the SMedia Awards receives over 1,500 submissions each year.

Find out more about the Student Media Awards on their website.


Undergraduate Awards: Media & The Arts - Congratulations to Stephen Quinn, 2013 Drama student graduate and winner at the Undergraduate Awards: Media & The Arts!

Assessed by panels of international academics, two winners were selected per academic category – an international winner and a winner from the island of Ireland.

Overall Winner: Dominic O'Key, University of Leeds Winning Paper: Bela Tarr's The Turin Horse: The (In)Visible Animal Island of Ireland Winner – Stephen Quinn, Trinity College Dublin Winning Paper: Performing Beyond Postmodernity: Taylor Mac and the Queer Metamodern

For more information, readhere


School of Drama, Film and Music announces media partnership with RTÉ Lyric FM

RTE Lyric FM

The School of Drama, Film and Music is proud to announce a new media partnership with RTÉ Lyric FM. The media partnership will see the national radio station support three public events presented during 2013/ 2014 by the School. The public events supported include a performance by Raymond Deane at the Music Composition Centre for Culture Night in September 2013, the new opera AntiMidas, or, Bankers in Hades by the Music Dept.'s Evangelia Rigaki in December 2013, and the Samuel Beckett Summer School taking place in August 2014. This will be the first media partnership for the School of Drama, Film and Music and we look forward to working with RTÉ Lyric FM.


Drama News

Dr. Nicholas Johnson, Assistant Professor of Drama, invites students and staff to celebrate Beckett's birthday this weekend in the form of two special events!


The Fail Better Beckett Lab Science Gallery,

From 12:00 - 18:00 both Saturday, 12th April and Sunday, 13th April

beckett science gall

The Samuel Beckett Laboratory is a space for fundamental research into the works of Samuel Beckett in performance, hosted each summer by the Samuel Beckett Summer School. In this special interdisciplinary event in partnership with the Science Gallery, we invite anyone interested in Beckett's works — especially his late prose piece Worstward Ho and the idea of "failure" as it developed across the manuscripts — to join an ensemble of students, scholars, performers, directors, designers, and technicians to experiment with problems, processes, and philosophies in the practice of Beckettian performance. In this approach facilitated by Jonathan Heron (Warwick University) and Nicholas Johnson (TCD), performance is viewed not only as an end in itself, but is also used as a research method. The textual focus of the Laboratory is not limited to Beckett's plays, but also extends to a variety of Beckettian voices, voids, fragments, and fizzles, to discover what occurs when these are embodied in a specific time and space. Interest in performance as a praxis is the sole prerequisite; this laboratory is absolutely open to non-professionals. Students are particularly encouraged to attend.

€30 full / €20 students

Lunch is included in the ticket price both days.

Supported by the Science Gallery and the Samuel Beckett Summer School.

2. LAUNCH INVITATION to "The Performance Issue" of the Journal of Beckett Studies (23.1, 2014)

Saturday, 12 April 2014, 7:00 PM / Trinity Long Room Hub, Ideas Space.

Co-edited by Jonathan Heron (Warwick) and Nicholas Johnson (TCD, Drama) with remarks from Nicholas Grene, Professor Emeritus of English, TCD.

Supported by Edinburgh University Press and the Trinity Long Room Hub.

This special issue of the Journal of Beckett Studies includes contributions from numerous Trinity College-related projects and researchers, including Nicholas Johnson (co-editor/co-author), Matthew Causey (author), Sarah Jane Scaife (co-author), Gavin Quinn (co-author), Áine Josephine Tyrrell (co-author), Anna McMullan (co-author), and several undergraduate/alumni collaborators at the Samuel Beckett Laboratory 2013, including Marc Atkinson, Maeve O'Mahony, Matthew Malone, Niall McCabe, and Jenni Schnarr.

Edition now online at Edinburgh University Press website.

Copies will be available at a significant discount at the launch, and wine will be served.


Performing Gender and Violence in Contemporary National and Transnational Contexts Conference to mark 53rd World Theatre Day
Rome, March 27th and 28th 2014



Marina Carr with Dr. Melissa Sihra

Dr. Melissa Sihra, Assistant Professor of Drama, presented her paper at the Performing Gender and Violence in Contemporary National and Transnational Contexts Conference at Roma Tre University in partnership with UNESCO and the Irish Cultural Attache Rome, in Rome on March 27th and 28th 2014. This Conference reflected on the theme of gender and violence and a number of women playwrights from Italy and English-speaking countries presented their own works centered on the same theme. World Theatre Day was conceived at the World Congress of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute in Vienna (ITI) in 1961. It is celebrated annually on the 27th March. Every year a figure of world stature is invited to pronounce a message on the theme of theatre and a culture of peace. Performing Gender and Violence in Contemporary National and Transnational Contexts will involve women playwrights from Italy and the English-speaking world. The author of the Message of World Theatre Day 2014 is the South African playwright, designer, director and installation maker Brett Bailey.


Drama PhD student wins international prize


We are delighted to announce that Ms. Yuh Jhung Hwang, a PhD student of the Drama Department under the supervision of Professor Brian Singleton, is a recipient of The International Federation For Theatre Research New Scholars' Prize 2013/14. IFTR is the largest research association for theatre in the world and Yuh’s supervisor, Professor Brian Singleton, was the first Irish President of IFTR from 2008-2011. Congratulations Yuh!

Further information can be found on:



Dr. Nicholas Johnson co-directs Beckett's Ethica at Áras an Uachtaráin


Sugarglass Theatre, a Trinity College Dublin graduate theatre company, performed Samuel Beckett’s Ethica at Áras an Uachtaráin as part of International Human Rights Day celebrations on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013. Ethica, four short plays by Trinity graduate Samuel Beckett, was presented by Sugarglass Theatre at Áras an Uachtaráin to an audience of over 100 representatives of Ireland’s and Northern Ireland’s human rights and NGO sectors, as part of Ireland's marking of International Human Rights Day.  Members of the Higgins family were also in attendance.

Formed in 2012, Sugarglass Theatre is a Trinity graduate theatre company made up of four professional theatre-makers, all of whom met in the Samuel Beckett Centre in Trinity. The company was supported by the School of Drama, Film, and Music, the Provost's Fund for the Visual and Performing Arts, and the Trinity Association and Trust. Ethica is co-directed by Dr Nicholas Johnson, Assistant Professor in Drama Studies, and Marc Atkinson, graduate of Trinity’s School of Drama, Film and Music. Cast members are Peter Corboy, Ellen Flynn, Nichola MacEvilly, Matthew Malone, Maeve O'Mahony, Ellen Patterson ­– five of whom are current or past students of Trinity.

Grouped under the collective title Ethica, the four plays are a detailed examination of ethics in both the domestic and political sphere. The plays – Play (1964), Come and Go (1965), Catastrophe (1979), and What Where (1983) – all explore timeless questions of fidelity, justice and resistance. Originally created for Beckett cultural outreach events in Sofia, Bulgaria on behalf of the Embassy of Ireland, Ethica was performed in 2012 in the National Academy of Theatre and Film in Sofia, as well as in two different runs in the Samuel Beckett Theatre at Trinity. The production was staged in earlier 2013 at the “Happy Days” Enniskillen International Samuel Beckett Festival.

Speaking about the performance, Dr Nicholas Johnson, Assistant Professor in Drama Studies in Trinity, commented: "A fitting choice for International Human Rights Day celebrations, Ethica offers a sustained and intense meditation on both human nature and human rights — not in order to accuse specific states or leaders who control or torment others, but rather in order to question the fundamental mechanisms of language and ideology that sustain and justify such violence."

"It is a profound honour to present Beckett's work at Áras an Uachtaráin. Since its creation, this project has shown how Beckett's work can bring people together, and how international artistic and cultural partnerships between professional artists, universities, and governments can be so beneficial."


Elaine Aston, scholar of Theatre and Performance, to present keynote at the School of Drama, Film & Music

Elaine Aston

The School of Drama, Film and Music is delighted to welcome one of the world's most distinguished scholars of Theatre and Performance Studies, Professor Elaine Aston. On Thursday 21st of November at 6.00pm Professor Aston will deliver the following keynote address:

'Theory Trouble: Towards a Manifesto for 'Critical Feminism, Theory and Theatre Relations' in Room 2037, Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre, in the Arts Building. Free admission, all are welcome.

Elaine Aston is Professor of Contemporary Performance at Lancaster University. She has a distinguished record of publication in the field of feminism, theatre, theory and performance. Her first monograph, a biography of the nineteenth-century star actress, Sarah Bernhardt, appeared in 1989, and was followed by Feminism and Theatre (1995); Caryl Churchill (1997; 2001); Feminist Theatre Practice (1999); and Feminist Views on the English Stage: Women Playwrights, 1990-2000 (2003). She is co-author of the highly influential text on theatre semiotics: Theatre as Sign-System (1989). Elaine has edited two collections of plays for the Women's Theatre Group (Her story Volumes 1 & 2, 1991), while other collections she has been involved with include the Cambridge Companion to Modern British Women Playwrights (2000), and, more recently, with Gerry Harris, Feminist Futures?: Theatre, Performance, Theory, 2006.
Elaine is a founding member of the Feminist Research Working Group of the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR), and has co-convened the group with Professor Sue-Ellen Case (UCLA). With Sue-Ellen Case she has co-edited the group's first major essay collection: Staging International Feminisms (2008). Elaine now serves as senior editor of the IFTR journal Theatre Research International. With Bryan Reynolds (University of California, Irvine) she is co-series editor for 'Performance Interventions' (Palgrave Macmillan).  

Recent Research:
In 2007 Palgrave Macmillan published Performance Practice and Process: Contemporary [Women] Practitioners, co-authored with Gerry Harris. Like Feminist Futures? (2006), Performance Practice and Process arises out of the three-year research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council: Women's Writing for Performance (2003-6)
Both publications reflect Elaine's continuing interest in feminist theatre and performance, and, in particular, her concern to work with artists relevant to her research field (Bobby Baker, Sarah Daniels, Rebecca Prichard and Jenny Eclair, among them). Work on the Women's Project came to a successful conclusion: Elaine presented several talks about the Project to academics and artists in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; in New York at CUNY and Purchase College, and at the University of Stockholm, Sweden.

New Projects:
Elaine's new projects includework on popular feminism, theatre and performance for a new co-authored monograph with Gerry Harris A Good Night Out, for the Girls, 2013, Palgrave Macmillan, and a further co-authored study of The Royal Court Theatre's International Department (with Dr. Mark O'Thomas, University Of Lincoln), also commissionedby Palgrave


Voyage And Return - 1 day Symposium with Dublin Theatre Festival

Fiona Shaw

Inspired by the journeys of Irish theatre, old and new, Voyage and Return is a one-day Symposium presented in collaboration with Dublin Theatre Festival on Saturday 28th September as part of The Gathering Ireland 2013. The Symposium comprises distinct morning and afternoon events:

Morning Event: begins at 9.00am. Located in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute. A series of new papers responding to ideas of Irish theatre, diaspora and international exchange. Academics from Ireland and abroad will respond to the changing performance of a nation as it is watched from near and far. Registration for the seminar is open to all, and will be of particular interest to academics and students. Speakers include Melissa Sihra, Patrick Londergan and Jesse Weaver among others. Tickets for this event are €15 and booking is via the Dublin Theatre Festival website.

Afternoon Events: 2.00pm and 4.00pm respectively. Located in the Edmund Burke Theatre, Arts Building. 'Neither Here Nor There' - a panel of Irish theatre artists whose careers have taken them abroad discuss the complexity of Irish identities on world stages. 'Special Guest Lecture: Fiona Shaw' - Fiona Shaw, one of our most celebrated actresses, will speak on the theme of theatre and the Irish diaspora. A graduate of UCC and RADA, Shaw’s award-winning career has spanned the globe, encompassed several artforms and helped to reimagine the canon from Synge to Shakespeare. Both of the afternoon events are free to attend, however advance booking is advised, via the Dublin Theatre Festival website.

For full information and booking please visit the Dublin Theatre Festival website.


Dr. Nicholas Johnson Receives Provost's Early Career Teaching Award

Early teaching award

(Left) Prof. Luke O'Neill, Dr. Christopher Nicholas, Dr. Robert Armstrong, Dr. Nicholas Johnson & Dr. Zuleika Rodgers (Right) The Provost Dr Patrick Prendergast, Ms. Jade Concannon, Academic Practice, Dr. Christopher Nicholas, Dr. Robert Armstrong, Dr. Zuleika Rodgers, Dr. Nicholas Johnson, Prof. Luke O'Neill & Prof Veronica Campbell, the Dean of Graduate Studies


Congratulations to the Drama Department's Dr. Nicholas Johnson on receiving the Provost's Early Career Teaching Award. The Provost’s Teaching Award Scheme is designed to recognise and reward those who have made an outstanding contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence. The prestige of the award reflects the value which Trinity places on promoting teaching as a scholarly activity and the importance placed on enriching the learning opportunities of its students. The scope of the initiative is broad, covering all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment, and seeks to provide recognition for excellent teaching, reward teaching staff who are creative in their approaches to teaching and learning and who use a variety of mechanisms to achieve their learning outcomes, share best practice across College and encourage teaching staff to consider other approaches to course design, delivery and assessment, reaffirm that curriculum development, teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation, are important activities in College requiring high level expertise, and encourage teaching staff to reflect critically on their teaching practice. Dr. Johnson was put forward for this award by student nomination and the nominating student(s) had this to say about him:

'In the world of theatre, confidence is arguably the most vital for the aspiring director, playwright or actor.  Dr Johnson instils his students with the creative lifeblood of confidence, filling them with the belief necessary to pursue their creative and academic endeavours….. Dr Johnson deserves to be rewarded for his extraordinary work in the drama department, his inspirational teaching, and the confidence and self belief he has instilled in students..'


Prof. Christine Poulter's The Talking Shop at Stamsund International Theatre Festival, Norway


This 4-8th June 2013, Drama Professor Christine Poulter will facilitate The Talking Shop for young theatre goers during the Stamsund International Theatre Festival in Lofoten, Norway. The talk shops are aimed at children and teenagers attending theatre performances, encouraging them to talk about their impressions of the production afterwards. The words and ideas about the performances and festival itself written on notes by the young theatre goers will make their way to the shop walls and to the world via an online daily blog. Here, photos, filmed interviews and the written word will be uploaded to engage an international audience as well as other festival followers in Lofoten. Facilitated by Prof. Christine Poulter, The Talking Shop crew are all teenagers from Stamsund, moving quickly to collect audience comments and transform them into questions ready to use in interviews with the companies and artists.

Stamsund International Theatre Festival is international performing arts festival. The festival takes place in a small fishing village in the Lofoten Islands in the North of Norway, transforming it for a few days into a showcase for renowned performances from all over the world. In addition to traditional theatre spaces, it develops factory spaces from the fishing industry as venues for the performances, as well as making use of the village's streets, squares and mountains. The venues are tailored to suit the specific productions presented. The Festival aims to inspire the artists to work in dialogue with the place.

Stamsund International Theatre Festival presents around 40 performances each year, and draws a mixed audience - artists from all over Europe joining the local audience. The festival is also a networking arena for Norwegian contemporary theatre.


Dr. Nicholas Johnson Delivers Annual Samuel Beckett Lecture in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Bethlehem University

Images: (Left) Dr. Nicholas Johnson and Ms. Sawshan Shomali with students of Bethlehem University, following Dr. Johnson's acting workshop in the West Bank, Palestine.
(Right) Professor Linda Ben-Zvi (Tel Aviv University), Dr. Nicholas Johnson (TCD), H.E. Breifne O'Reilly (Irish Ambassador to Israel), and Sheilah Harris (Cultural Attache for Embassy of Ireland in Israel), following Dr. Johnson's delivery of the annual Samuel Beckett Lecture in Tel Aviv.


The Drama Department's Dr. Nicholas Johnson delivered the Annual Samuel Beckett Lecture at Tel Aviv University on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 18:15, in the presence of H.E. Breifne O'Reilly, Ambassador of Ireland.

The annual event was sponsored by the Embassy of Ireland, Culture Division, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, and Tel Aviv University Department of Theatre Arts and was free and open to the public. H.E. Breifne O'Reilly, Ambassador of Ireland to Israel; Prof. Raanan Rein, Vice-President; Tel Aviv University; Prof. Hannah Naveh, Dean of the Faculty of the Arts; Prof. Gad Kaynar, Chair, Department of Theatre Arts; and Prof. Linda Ben-Zvi, Beckett Society of Israel opened the evening with greetings.

Dr. Johnson presented: 'A Samuel Beckett Laboratory: Praxis, Pedagogy, and Performance.' Dr. Johnson's lecture explored a number of practical and philosophical issues surrounding the living legacy of Samuel Beckett in performance, based on work at the new Samuel Beckett Laboratory at Trinity College, which offers practice-based research using performance as a methodology to research Beckett's texts. The lecture pointed toward the future of Beckett's theatre-ideas through emerging digital, interdisciplinary, intercultural, and experimental practices.

While in the Middle East that week, Dr. Johnson also undertook audition workshops for students of Tel Aviv University Department of Drama on 21st May and carried out workshops at Bethlehem University in the West Bank on 23rd May.


Congratulations to Three School Alumni as they are Appointed Positions in The Lir Academy

Lir Appointees

This April 2013 the Lir has appointed four of Ireland's foremost theatre artists to lead its new postgraduate design and directing programmes, three of which are alumni of the School of Drama, Film and Music.

Following a competitive international search Annabelle Comyn has been appointed Resident Director at The Lir. Annabelle will lead on the new Master in Fine Art (Theatre Directing) and will also contribute to the training of Stage Management and Technical Theatre students as well as directing a graduate production on the three-year Bachelor of Acting (Hons) degree. Annabelle Comyn is universally regarded as one of Ireland's leading theatre directors, and is a graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies, Trinity College Dublin. Her recent work includes the sell-out Festival hit The Talk of The Town by Emma Donoghue in a co-production with Hatch Theatre Company (where Comyn is the founding Artist Director), Landmark Productions and Dublin Theatre Festival; the highly successful and critically acclaimed production of The House by Tom Murphy (for which Comyn won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Director) and the critically and commercially successful production of G.B. Shaw's Pygmalion, both produced on the main stage of The Abbey Theatre. Annabelle has previously contributed to directing and acting programmes at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, University College Dublin and NUI Maynooth.

Another graduate of Drama & Theatre Studies from 2002, Wayne Jordan has been appointed as The Lir's Associate Resident Director. Jordan will contribute to the teaching on the Master in Fine Art (Theatre Directing), lead a second year project on the Bachelor of Acting (Hons) each year and direct an annual third year graduate production on the acting programme. Wayne Jordan's recent work at The Abbey Theatre, where he was associated artist from 2010 to 2012, includes Alice in Funderland, The Plough and the Stars and Christ Deliver Us!. His production, of Ibsen's The Enemy of the People is currently in rehearsal at The Gate Theatre where he also directed Celebration for the 2010 Dublin Theatre Festival.

The Lir's resident design team will be completed by the hugely talented and renowned Lighting Designer Sinead McKenna, also a graduate with a BA honours degree in Drama and Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin. McKenna's recent designs include Pageant (Cois Ceim), Zoe's Play (The Ark), Opera Briefs (The Lir/RIAM) and Alice in Funderland at The Abbey. Her design for Ladies and Gents (Semper Fi) won an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design, an award she has been nominated for three times. Sinead Mckenna will teach the Lighting Design Workshop on the MFA, make a significant contribution to the technical training on the Stage Management programme and will design at least one graduate acting production each year.

The new appointees will also be joined by one of Ireland's most acclaimed and experienced designers, Monica Frawley in the position of The Lir's first Resident Set and Costume Designer.

Commenting on the appointments The Lir's Director Loughlin Deegan said "attracting working artists of this calibre is not only an indication of the quality of training that will be available to young directors and designers at The Lir; it also copper fastens the ever-growing connections between The Lir and the industry it aims to support. I look forward to witnessing firsthand the significant contribution that all four artists will make to theatre training in Ireland and to the education of future generations of directing and design talent".

In keeping with the ethos of The Lir all four artists will continue to work professionally whilst contributing to the training at the National Academy of Dramatic Art. The new Master in Fine Art Stage Design and Theatre Directing programmes will commence in September 2013. These new degrees will complement the existing Master in Fine Art Playwriting programme which is led by Graham Whybrow, former Literary Manager of London's renowned new writing theatre The Royal Court.


Film News

Nomination of Manchester Theatre Award for play written and directed by Film Dept.'s Justin MacGregor


A play written and directed by the Film Department's new John Sherlock Assistant Professor, Justin MacGregor, has been nominated for Best Studio Production by the Manchester Theatre Awards - the UK's most important theatrical prize-giving outside of London.

Set in a bar, 'Mugabeland!' tells the true story of those caught up in Robert Mugabe's rise to power in Zimbabwe and the difficult aftermath of his rule. Two friends from different backgrounds – Stuart and Chinua – must navigate their own pasts to find the future while the words of the people of Zimbabwe – refugee and resident – swirl around them. With a cast of outstanding local actors that includes Gerry McLaughlin ('Burnistoun,' 'The Play That Killed Me,') and Chris Jack ('Slave – a question of freedom'), the play includes the live music of world-class Djembe drummer Sidiki Dembele, the musicians of Denifari (Baba Galle Kanté and Lamine Cisse), and the choreography of Louis Pierre Yonsian (Ballet Nationale, 'Afrika! Afrika!'). In part an update of Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness', 'Mugabeland!' is an epic true story, integrated with original music and song that will get your heart pounding and spirits soaring. It's musical theatre meets the ten o'clock news.

Justin MacGregor is an award-winning filmmaker who has spent sixteen years in Vancouver, Canada combining work in the service production industry as an Assistant Director and member of the Locations Department on major Hollywood films and television shows making his own films. He has worked with filmmakers such as John Woo, Brian Singer and Michael Ritchie along with show runners such as Peter Lefcourt ('Beggars and Choosers') and Robert Hewitt Wolfe ('Andromeda'). His own work has played at film festivals from Vancouver to Mumbai, been broadcast on over seventeen countries and released on DVD. He spent three years as a Professor at Capilano University's Film Centre, Canada's largest film school. Student films he supervised there have been played at dozens of film festivals and have won student and non student film awards. His professional practice continues as he writes feature film scripts for such film makers as Carl Bessai ('Normal', with carrie Ann Moss, Emile, with Sir Ian McKellen) while producing his own features and documentaries. His most recent area of interest lies in multi platform content and how the digital revolution has altered the means of distribution.


Dr. Ruth Barton on discussion panel for The Critical Take at the IFI


Join the debate at 'The Critical Take' - a free public event in the Irish Film Institute, Temple Bar on November 27th at 6.30pm. This event sees a panel of film experts including our own Dr. Ruth Barton, Head of Department of Film Studies at Trinity College Dublin, Film Producer and Director Cathy Pearson, and Manus McManus, Senior Collections Officer at the IFI - lead discussion about Stephen Frears’ affecting Philomena starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Claire Dix’s powerful Broken Song and Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial Palme d’Or winning Blue is the Warmest Colour. All of these films are currently running at the IFI.

This event is open to all. Simply book your FREE seat by contacting the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or emailing (given that events can sell out, please note that your emailed booking requests must be confirmed by reply email from the Box Office in order to be considered valid). For full information visit


Call for Papers- Extended Deadline: The 10th Irish Postgraduate Film Research Seminar

Call For Papers

The seminar is aimed at researchers in film and in screen culture in the broadest sense, which includes fields such as television, digital media, networks, transmedia, technoculture, and gaming. It is designed to provide a platform for the presentation of new research by scholars in Irish third-level institutions, and for those working on Irish topics in non-Irish universities and colleges. The seminar promotes the exchange of ideas and helps students in the advancement of their academic profiles. To these ends, plans are being made for an online publication, Proceedings of the Irish Screen Seminar, which will contain short versions of the papers presented. To mark the 10th anniversary of the IPGFRS, we are also planning an online index/archive of all the previous presentations that have been made since 2003. The website will be up and running soon at

The keynote speaker will be Patrick Crogan of the University of the West of England. Dr. Crogan is at the forefront of research in digital cultures, technoculture, gaming, military robotics, and the work of Bernard Stiegler. His 2011 publication Gameplay Mode (University of Minnesota Press) examines the connections between contemporary computer games and the technoscience of the military-industrial complex since the 1940s. Presentations are invited from:

(a) Irish postgraduate students working on screen studies research;
(b) postgraduate students working on Irish screen studies projects in non-Irish universities;
(c) post-doctoral students who have completed their degree on an Irish screen studies topic in the two years prior to the conference date.

Those wishing to make a presentation are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, plus a short CV and summary of research interests by 14 February 2014. Postgraduate research students who may not be making presentations and screen studies academics are encouraged to attend. There is no charge for attendance. Presentations will be 20 minutes in length. Non-traditional presentation formats will also be considered. To record your interest in the seminar or to be included in future mailings, send your contact address, details of your academic institution, and an outline of your research topic, to the conference organiser, Dr. Cormac Deane, Irish Research Council Fellow, Film Studies, School of Drama, Film & Music, Trinity
College Dublin:

You can download the full Call For Papers document here: CFP- 10th Irish Postgrad Film Research Seminar (PDF 360kb)


Dr. Ruth Barton to speak at UCC Conference Ireland and Cinema: Culture and Contexts

Rex Ingram

This three-day international conference in UCC Cork will facilitate discussions, presentations and debates across a wide spectrum of subjects in the broadest definition of the field of Ireland and Cinema. The conference will have in attendance highly-respected key note speakers from the field. On Saturday 20th April our own Film Studies lecturer Dr. Ruth Barton will deliver a keynote talk titled Retrieving Rex: how Irish was the cinema of Rex Ingram?. Other speakers include Prof. Brian McIlroy (University of British Columbia, Vancouver), Prof. Martin McLoone (University of Coleraine) and Prof. Diane Negra (University College Dublin). This conference runs from Thursday April 18th to Saturday April 20th 2013.


Prof. Kevin Rockett & Dr. Ruth Barton to present Public Film Lectures for Trinity Week 2013


This year's Trinity Week running from the 8th to 12th April has the theme of The Irish Diaspora: Social, Cultural and Economic Perspectives and will be proudly hosted by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

On Tuesday 9th April from 1 - 2.30pm Professor Kevin Rockett will give a lecture titled Irish Migration and American Cinema. This lecture, with film extracts, will explore representations of the Irish in American cinema from it's beginnings to the present. Venue: Neill/ Hoey lecture Theatre in the Long Room Hub.

On Friday 12th April from 1 - 2.30pm Dr. Ruth Barton will give a talk titled Maureen O'Hara, between Ireland and Hollywood. Using clips from her films, this talk will consider how Maureen O'Hara played the feisty Irish colleen not just in The Quiet Man but across a range of Hollywood productions. Venue: Neill/ Hoey Lecture Theatre in the Long Room Hub.

On the 9th and 10th of April there will be a Cinemobile located on Front Square, screening Films of the Diasporic Irish - a selection of films about Irish migration to the USA, Britain and Australia, including, Amarilly of Clothes Line Alley (1918), Ned Kelly (2003), Philadelphia Here I Come! (1970), Kings (2007), In America (2002) and Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970). For the full film schedule, visit:


Short film Broken Song wins Michael Dwyer Discover Award and Audience Award at JDIFF

Broken Song

Documentary Broken Song has been awarded the Michael Dwyer Discover Award at this years Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The award, now in its third year, is named after the late journalist and film critic Michael Dwyer, who founded the Federation of Irish Film Societies, now known as Access>Cinema. Broken Song, directed by Claire Dix, follows a young soul singer and two rappers from the Ballymun and Finglas areas as they use music in a bid to escape their troubled pasts. Nodlag Houlihan produced with Richard Kendrick shooting. The film was funded by the Reel Arts Scheme and screened at the IFI in February.


Music News

Music Composition Centre Director Evangelia Rigaki presents new opera AntiMidas, or, Bankers In Hades

AntiMidas, or, Bankers In Hades

AntiMidas, or, Bankers in Hades is the new opera from Composer Evangelia Rigaki and Librettist W.N. Herbert, featuring the performers Owen Gilhooly, Catherine May, Tamsin Dalley and Tyrone Landau. The opera will premiere in the Samuel Beckett Theatre from 12-14th December 2013.

Economic crisis has become our new social norm, with opinions about the role of high finance polarised according to political belief and social status. Most people feel bankers should shoulder some degree of responsibility, even blame - but how much, and how should it be levied? This new opera takes the not altogether balanced view that they should all go to hell. Irreverent and irrepressible to equal degrees, this explosive and satiric piece of new writing returns, like many operas, to the Greek myths - only to turn them on their heads. Everything King Midas touched, famously, turned to gold. But everything the banker Antimidas loves turns into quite another substance - which understandably makes for trouble at home . . .

Topical yet timeless, experimental and entertaining, Antimidas, or, Bankers in Hades rolls up all the contradictions and hurls them in the face of austerity. Fierce and funny, cloacal and iconoclastic - AntiMidas offers us a new anti-hero for our financial times.

For further details, see

This public event in the Music Composition Centre’s Agora Series is presented in association with RTÉ Lyric FM.


LUCILIN Ensemble announced as Music Department Ensemble-In-Residence for 2013/2014

LUCILIN Ensemble

The Music Department is proud to announce Luxembourgish ensemble, LUCILIN, as Trinity's new ensemble-in-residence for 2013/ 2014. As the ensemble-in-residence, LUCILIN will undertake workshops in music composition with the public and the Music Department students on three occasions throughout the academic year, as well as providing public performances. For full details on these workshops and performances and how to attend, please visit the Music Composition Centre website here.

The ensemble for contemporary music LUCILIN was founded in 1999 by a group of passionate Luxembourgish musicians. It is the first chamber music ensemble in Luxembourg dedicated to the promotion and creation of works from the 20th an 21st century. The heart of Lucilin consists of string quartet, piano and percussion, while wind and other instruments are invited according to the size of the projects. All members are both professional musicians and experienced educators. Lucilin see themselves as a creative platform gathering interpreters, composers and artists of every board. Their aesthetic horizon covers many fields of contemporary creation, from the second Vienna school to the American minimalists, new generation and also improvised and electronic music. Lucilin aim to connect with their audience not only through acoustic sensations, but also in an intellectual, spiritual and visual way: traditional concerts alternate with music theatre, light dramaturgy and scenic performance of compositions (for example the Child Project Tulles and His Shadow With Pantomimes featuring music by Martin Matalon, or monodrama The Raven for mezzo soprano with 12 musicians, by Toshio Hosokawa). Lucilin also include introduction and live discussion with the composers as part of their practice.

Lucilin has commissioned and premièred works by Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Marcel Reuter, Michael Riessler, Yan Maresz, Martin Matalon, CS Mahnkopf, Toshio Hosokawa and Donnacha Dennehy. Further commissioned compositions include Brice Pauset, François Narboni and Evangelia Rigaki.


Call for Papers! Composition In The 21st Century


The Music Composition Centre (Music Department, Trinity College Dublin) in association with the New Music Dublin Festival 2014, invites composers, musicologists and practitioners to an International Conference & Festival entitled Composition in the 21st Century that will take place in Dublin in March 2014 (conference 5-7 March & festival 7-9 March). The Conference will offer a forum to discuss aesthetic, technical, practical and economical issues affecting composers of different musical genres today.

Keynote speaker of the Conference & Festival will be distinctive, radical and uncompromising internationally acclaimed composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

Interested parties should email a proposal of 300 words max (for a paper or a performance of 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion) that addresses one of the following aspects of composition:

Contemporary Composition
Contemporary Opera
Experimental Music Theatre
Sound Art
Mixed Media
Film Music
Electronic Music
Traditional Music
Popular Music
Writing for Amateurs

In addition, all proposals should include:

The full title of each paper
The full name, contact details and institutional affiliation (if any).
A short curriculum vitae for all proposed speakers (maximum 150
words per speaker)

For any further enquiries and for the submission of proposals please email Evangelia Rigaki (Director of Music Composition Centre) at
Deadline for the submission of proposals is Monday 9 September 2013 (the selected proposals will be announced within four weeks).


I Hear A New World - Graduate Showcase of TCD M.Phil Music and Media Technologies


Date: 3rd May at 8pm

Venue: Samuel Beckett Theatre

Tickets: 10 euro/ 8 euro conc.

The Trinity College M.Phil in Music and Media Technologies has left an indelible mark on Ireland's creative landscape since its inception in 1996. Established by composer Donnacha Dennehy along with Trinity's Dr. Dermot Furlong, the course encourages interdisciplinary innovation in its students who are exposed to a broad range of creative tools, from orchestration and composition to software programming and signal processing. Past students include Lyric FM Composer-in-Residence Linda Buckley, Choice Music Prize-winner Julie Feeney and members of some of the Irish music underground's most noted acts including the Jimmy Cake, the Redneck Manifesto and Somadrone. The teaching staff on the course has featured godfather of Irish electroacoustic music Roger Doyle and electronic music pioneer Donnacha Costello. I Hear a New World, the 2013 MMT graduate show, will feature composition, installation, audio visual performance and more.


Music Department Welcomes New Adjunct Professors: Roger Doyle & Rolf Hind

Roger Doyle Rolf Hind

Adjunct Professors Roger Doyle, left, and Rolf Hind, right.

This year the Music Department is very proud to welcome two world renowned composers as our Adjunct Professors.

Roger Doyle is known for his pioneering work as composer of electronic music. He has worked extensively in theatre, film and dance, in particular with the music-theatre company Operating Theatre, which he co-founded. Babel, his magnum opus was released on a 5-CD box set in 1999. It contained 103 pieces of music. Recent work includes a series of soundtracks for imaginary films - a cinema for the ear. He is a member of Aosdana, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists.

Rolf Hind is a pianist and composer, who speaks nearly six languages, practises yoga daily and loves reading, travelling, eating and meditation. He has played and written throughout Europe, Asia and North America, produced over 30 CDs, and played at the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall. You can find some of his work on



Structured PhD Programme - Applications open

The Digital Arts and Humanities programme (DAH) is an innovative inter-disciplinary structured PhD programme coordinated by an all-Irish university consortium, funded through Cycle 5 of the Government's Programme for Research
in Third-Level Institutions. The programme is open for registration with Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Galway and National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Teaching resources are also provided by the Royal Irish Academy and the Northern Ireland universities Queen's University Belfast and University of Ulster.

DAH opened last year as the world's largest digital arts and humanities doctoral programme with 46 students. We are creating the research platform, the structures, partnerships and innovation models by which fourth-level researchers can engage with a wide range of stakeholders in order to contribute to the developing digital arts and humanities community world-wide, as participants and as leaders. /p>


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