Drama Exhibition: Amelie Kenney

Amelie Kenney selected Critical Analysis Research Project and examined the 2004 play, A Certain Maritime Incident (CMI) for her studies.

She critiqued the inter-related world of politics and theatre.

“The world of politics and theatre has always appeared to me as integrally interwoven,” she said.

“Theatre practitioners create meaningful performances that comment on the world of politics around them.

“Politicians use tools of the theatre – the façade of character, the manipulation of truth in a performance – in order to gain power from the electorate. Often, politicians use theatrics to manipulate truth, and occasionally theatre practitioners use their stage to highlight politicians’ abuse of theatrics.

“My paper aims to examine CMI exposure of the theatricality of politics, and the power of theatre to reveal this.

“The ongoing effect of the theatricality of politics is important in relating this work to our own time.

“Through the analysis of CMI, this paper analyses theatre’s ability to expose how  politicians manipulate theatrics and truth for power.”

Read her rationale here.