Location, Dislocation and Ruin: the persistence and authority of Urban Identities in Dermot Bolger's The Ballymun Trilogy

Malone, Niamh (2013) Location, Dislocation and Ruin: the persistence and authority of Urban Identities in Dermot Bolger's The Ballymun Trilogy. In: TaPrRA Conference, September 2013, Glasgow. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

On the eve of the demolition of the first Ballymun high-rise tower in 2004, Dermot Bolger’s poem Ballymun Incantation (2004) was recited by actors and local people as the centrepiece of a public wake. The poem closes with the poetic refrain, ‘Every face that is remembered, every face forgot’. Bolger, through poetry, encapsulates the idea of a ‘Ballymun identity’ formed essentially through location (the establishment of the Ballymun large scale, social housing estate from 1966), dislocation (the impact of the regeneration programmes), Ruin (national stigmatisation and the ghettoisation of the area) and perseverance (the sense of community that has been forged despite impeding factors). This paper will explore thoughts around identity, the persistence and resilience of ruined and exhausted identities and how identity as both concept and agency can be provocatively articulated through community theatre. The paper will begin by giving a very brief background to the development of the Ballymun estate, followed by a discussion of understandings of identity and will conclude by referring to the collection of plays by Dermot Bolger known as The Ballymun Trilogy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Drama,Dance and Performance Studies
Depositing User: Niamh Malone
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 14:41
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2016 14:41
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1437

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