Dr Caoimhe Mader McGuinness


I am a senior lecturer in drama at Kingston and also teach on the English Literature MA at Kingston. My research and publications look at the politics of spectatorship, criticism and institutions of contemporary culture, theatre and live art through a Marxist, feminist, queer and post-colonial lens. I broadly focus on the specific histories of Western imperialism and its liberal afterlives as these apply to cultural production and reception in contemporary Britain and France. Further interests are protest, social reproduction in feminist performance, the 1951 Festival of Britain and Marxist approaches to theatre and performance. I am currently writing a book comparing the 1951 Festival of Britain and  2022's Unboxed Festival and how these speak to similarities and differences in conceptions of the British state, empire and identity. 

Course Leader Drama

London Theatre Seminar organising committee

Senior Book Review Editor/Europe and Africa Book Review Editor for Theatre Research International. More info here: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/theatre-research-international/information/book-review-information

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Drama


  • 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
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


One strand of my research considers performances which present either ambivalent or resistant relationships to sociality in theatre and more broadly. Through this I attend 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, with a specific focus on activist practices, read through a performative lens. 

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 12.


Mader McGuinness, Caoimhe (2022) Policing Exhibit B in St Denis and Paris : afterlives of the French Imperial state at the theatre doors. Performance Research, 27(3-4), pp. 98-104. ISSN (print) 1352-8165

Mader Mcguinness, Caoimhe [Reviewer] (2021) Double take. Book Review of: 'Unmaking mimesis : essays on feminism and theatre' by Elin Diamond. Theatre Research International, 46(3), pp. 407-410. ISSN (print) 0307-8833

Blackwell-Pal, Jaswinder, Boyle, Michael Shane, Dilks, Ash, Mader Mcguinness, Caoimhe, Mckeon, Olive, Moravec, Lisa, Simari, Alessandro, Unger, Clio and Young, Martin (2021) Marxist keywords for performance. Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, 36(1), pp. 25-53. ISSN (print) 0888-3203

Mader Mcguinness, Caoimhe (2019) Book Review of: 'Viral dramaturgies : HIV and AIDS in performance in the Twenty-First Century' by Alyson Campbell and Dirk Gindt (eds.). Nordic Theatre Studies, 31(2), pp. 132-134. ISSN (print) 0904-6380

Mader Mcguinness, Caoimhe (2018) Book Review of: 'Space invaders : radical geographies of protest' by Paul Routledge. Performance Matters, 4(3), pp. 158-159. ISSN (online) 2369-2537

Mader Mcguinness, Caoimhe (2018) Performing solidarity : affirmation, difference and debility in Project O’s SWAGGA. Contemporary Theatre Review, 28(3), pp. 367-377. ISSN (print) 1048-6801

Mader Mcguinness, Caoimhe [Reviewer] (2017) Book Review of: 'Performing antagonism : theatre, performance & radical democracy' by Tony Fisher and Eve Katsouraki (eds). Contemporary Theatre Review, 27(4), pp. 529-530. ISSN (print) 1048-6801

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 [Reviewer] (2014) Book Review of: 'Performing European memories : trauma, ethics, politics' by Milija Gluhovic. Theatre Survey, 55(3), pp. 420-422. ISSN (print) 0040-5574

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

Book Section

Mader Mcguinness, Caoimhe (2021) Dissensual reproductions in You Should See the Other Guy's 'Land of the Three Towers'. In: Fryer, Nic and Conroy, Colette, (eds.) Rancière and performance. London, U.K. : Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 217-235. (Performance Philosophy) ISBN 9781538146576

Conference or Workshop Item

Altman, Dennis [Interviewee] and Mader Mcguinness, Caoimhe [Interviewer] (2016) Queer Conversation with Dennis Altman. In: In Conversation; 24 May 2016, London, U.K..

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