The Gate Theatre Research Network (GTRN) Inaugural Meeting

25 June, 2018 by Chris Collins | 0 comments

On 6-7 September 2018, GTRN will host its first expert meeting at Radboud University Nijmegen.

The Gate Theatre Research Network (GTRN) Inaugural Meeting

In 1928, the actors Hilton Edwards and Micheál macLiammóir founded the Dublin Gate Theatre, renowned for producing modernist plays and employing avant-garde staging techniques largely unknown to Irish audiences. Edwards and macLiammóir embraced transnational perspectives on identity and theatre and questioned the homogenisation of national identities and cultural forms of expression during Ireland’s anxious first post-independence decades, which were marked by censorship and cultural isolation.

On 6-7 September 2018, GTRN will host its first expert meeting at Radboud University Nijmegen, which will focus on the ways in which the Gate Theatre might be argued to constitute an alternative national theatre. Topics to be addressed during the expert meeting in Nijmegen in 2018 include:

• the Gate’s promotion of original Irish playwrights, including women writers such as Mary Manning, Christine Longford, and Maura Laverty;
• its directors’ paradoxical notions of patriotism and cosmopolitanism;
• its associates’ involvement in Irish party politics;
• its support of Gaelic drama;
• comparisons with other European nationalist or regionalist theatres.

In addition to roundtable discussions and presentations by GTNR directors, core members and advisory board members, scholars who are working on the Gate Theatre and/or comparable theatre companies or institutions across Europe are invited to submit a proposal for a 20-minute paper on any of the topics listed above. Please send your 300-word proposal and 150-word biography by 15 June 2018 (extended and final deadline). The GTNR directors will review all proposals and compile the expert meeting programme at their discretion. The expert meeting fee will be approximately €60 and will cover presenters’ lunch and dinner.

For more information about the network’s aims, deliverables, members and ongoing research, please visit 


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