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Dr Caoimhe Mader McGuinness



I am a lecturer in drama at Kingston and also teach at Birkbeck College on the MA Text and Performance. I have previously taught at Goldsmiths and Queen Mary, University of London, where I also completed my PhD which analysed and critiqued liberal conception of the theatrical sphere in contemporary London. My research and publications look at the politics of reception (spectatorship, criticism and institutional identities) of contemporary theatre and live art through a Marxist, feminist, queer and post-colonial lens. I also more broadly focus on the specific histories of Western liberalism as these apply to theatrical production and reception.

Further interests are social reproduction in feminist performance, the 1951 Festival of Britain and Marxist approaches to theatre and performance, especially in the work of the Frankfurt School and Jacques Rancière.

Areas of specialism

  • Contemporary Theatre and Peformance
  • Queer Theory
  • Politics of Theatrical and Cultural Production

Courses taught



  • PhD in Drama, Queen Mary University of London 2017
  • MA in Theatre and Performance, Queen Mary University of London 2010
  • BA in Drama and Theatre Arts, Goldsmiths College University of London 2009
  • Baccalauréat , Lycée Expérimental de St Nazaire 2000

Professional membership

I am a member of TAPRA (The Theatre and Performance Research Association) Performance and the Body Working Group and IFTR (International Federation of Theatre Research) Queer Futures Working group.


My doctoral research accounted for 'antisocial performances'. These are performances which present either ambivalent or resistant relationships to sociality in theatre and more broadly. The project attended to the basis on which claims for theatre's sociality are framed within a British liberal democratic framework and how this relates to gender, sexuality, disability, race, and imperialism. 

Further to this I also work on framing contemporary British feminist performance through social reproduction and conceptions of debility. I am also part of a research project looking at British Identity and social democratic consensus in the 1951 Festival of Britain and how this links to Brexit. I am also currently writing a book chapter about You Should See the Other Guy's show 'Land of the Three Towers' about the Focus E15 mums campaign for an edited collection on Rancière and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan Performance Philosophy series). 


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Mader Mcguinness, Caoimhe (2016) Protesting 'Exhibit B' in London : reconfiguring antagonism as the claiming of theatrical space. Contemporary Theatre Review, 26(2), pp. 211-226. ISSN (print) 1048-6801

Mader McGuinness, Caoimhe (2012) Book Review of: 'Agency and embodiment : performing gestures/producing culture' by Carrie Noland. Contemporary Theatre Review, 22(2), pp. 274-275. ISSN (print) 1048-6801

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