Part of the Cambridge seminar series on the future of the island of Ireland, co-hosted by Sidney Sussex College and the Centre for Geopolitics, University of Cambridge.

Lisa Dwan is an award-winning Irish performer, director, writer, and scholar.

Hailed by Ben Brantley in the New York Times as “the nonpareil interpreter of Samuel Beckett,” Dwan is best known for her critically acclaimed one-woman performances of Beckett’s plays, including The Beckett Trilogy & No’s Knife, both of which have sold out across the globe and more recently Eh Joe and Happy Days.

In January 2020 she collaborated with Sir Trevor Nunn on the critically acclaimed production of Samuel Becketts Eh Joe and again in 2021 for what critics hailed as a “definitive” and “masterfully done” – production of Happy Days. (The American & Evening Standard).

Dwan recently starred opposite James Nesbit in BLOODLANDS for the BBC and in TOP BOY for Netflix.

As part of her project series of rewriting the Greek classics for women, Dwan has taught and worked closely with Colm Tóibín at Columbia University to create a new version of Antigone – ‘Pale Sister’ and is collaborating with Margaret Atwood on a new translation of Medea to be directed by Robert Lepage.

Dwan writes, presents, and lectures regularly on theatre, culture and Beckett. She has written and presented TV and radio documentaries for BBC & SKY Arts on Samuel Beckett, Dante and Ovid. She has lectured at Columbia, Princeton, New York University, MIT, École Normale Supérieure, Cambridge and Oxford. Dwan was the 2020 long-term visiting professor in Princeton University & and is currently the CAST Mellon Distinguished Visiting Artist at MIT.

Lisa will be in conversation with Prof Nicholas Allen (University of Georgia).

The conversation will be followed by Q&A.



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