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Dr Caoimhe Mader McGuinness

Lecturer in Drama


I am a lecturer in drama at Kingston and also teach at Birkbeck College on the MA Text and Performance.  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  broadly focus on the specific histories of Western liberalism as these apply to theatrical production and reception in Britain and France. Further interests are social reproduction in feminist performance, the 1951 Festival of Britain and Marxist approaches to theatre and performance.

Postgraduate Research Coordinator (Dama)

Senior Book Review Editor/Europe and Africa Book Review Editor for Theatre Research International. More info here:

Areas of specialism

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


  • 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


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). 


Number of items: 7.


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

Conference or Workshop Item

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

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