The Nerve Podcast: Ep 12 Performing the Region Project

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Performing the Region Research Project is the topic of discussion in this episode of The Nerve.

Performing the Region Research Project is the topic of discussion in this episode of The Nerve.

The Nerve is a podcast produced by the English department at Waterford Institute of Technology. Each episode brings together staff and students to discuss a range of topics, including English literature, cultural events and perhaps a dollop of critical theory here and there.

 In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Jenny O’Connor is joined by Dr. Una Kealy and former Theatre Studies and English student Laura Broderick.

Dr. Kealy, together with Dr. Kate McCarthy, runs the Performing the Region research project in collaboration with WIT students, Garter Lane Arts Centre and director Jim Nolan and here, she discusses the three plays that have formed the cornerstones of the project thus far: Jim Nolan’s Blackwater Angel, Teresa Deevy’s Wife to James Whelan, and Una Troy’s Mount Prospect, which is currently running at Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford.

Laura is one of the cast of Mount Prospect, and she discusses the character she plays, as well as some of the important thematic concerns of the play. The act of reviving and recouping the voices of South East theatre for a new audience is of primary importance for the project, and another of its strands, Performing Women, is concerned with the reclamation of women’s voices in particular. The productions at Garter Lane bring WIT students together from courses as diverse as Arts, Architecture, Entertainment Systems and Graphic Design.


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