Dr Caoimhe Mader McGuinness


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: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/theatre-research-international/information/book-review-information

Academic responsibilities

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

Teaching and learning


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. Finally, I am currently developing a project exploring the relationship between performance, theatricality and the state. 

Research student supervision


Number of items: 9.


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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