Reminder:  ‘Hear the Bones Sing’: Postcolonial Ghost Plays – a talk by Clare Finburgh-Delijani (5 May 2022, 6pm BST)

A reminder that Clare Finburgh-Delijani‘s talk ‘Hear the Bones Sing’: Postcolonial Ghost Plays will take place on Thursday 5 May 2022, at 6 pm BST (online).

This is the first of three events in the CCL’s Postcolonial Theatre series, May 2022

What can ghosts teach us about how to live together in postcolonial societies such as the UK or France?

Clare Finburgh Delijani’s paper examines how a range of playwrights on both sides of the Atlantic are evoking colonial pasts, and their impact on the present, via ghosts. Revenants in these plays return to demand repair for injustices perpetrated in the past. At the same time, spectres create a doubling, the indeterminacy of which troubles monocultural notions of national identity, instead proposing postcolonial societies as a multi-ethnic and multidenominational…. Read more.

Attendance is free but booking will be essential to receive a link to attend.

The talk will be recorded and a video will be posted on the event’s page as soon as possible after its end.


Professor Clare Finburgh Delijani, Deputy Director of the CCL, is a researcher and teacher in the Department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths University of London. She has written and edited many books and articles on theatre from France, the French-speaking world and the UK, including a special issue of Théâtre/Public on the Situationist International (2019), The Great Stage Directors: Littlewood, Planchon, Strehler (2018, with Peter Boenisch), Watching War on the Twenty-First-Century Stage: Spectacles of Conflict (2017), Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd: Ecology, the Environment and the Greening of the Modern Stage (2015, with Carl Lavery) and Jean Genet (2012, with David Bradby). She is currently writing a book on theatre in France that addresses the nation’s colonial past, and multi-ethnic present.

Clare’s talk will be chaired by Dr. Mairi Neeves, Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London. Mairi’s work includes We are all Rwandans (as production manager; 2008), winner of Best World Cinema Short, Phoenix International Film Festival 2008; the documentary on Apartheid in Israel/Palestine Hidden From View (as co-director/producer; 2007); and the feature length documentary on extreme global poverty 58 – The Film (as writer, assistant director/producer; 2011).