Some forty years have passed since the first openly gay character appeared on the Irish stage, sixteen years since homosexuality was decriminalised and two decades since theories of the queer have disrupted notions of normativity. But where has Irish theatre scholarship been hiding all this time? Finally we have an important collection of essays employing methodologies from literary, theatre and performance studies disciplines to queer Irish theatre and by so doing, to contest the compulsory heterosexuality of nation building. This collection proudly asserts that queerness and Irishness are conjoined at the performative hip!
By David Cregan , 2009