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Dr Wallace McDowell

Dr Wallace McDowell

Senior Teaching Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)24 765 74272
Email: Wallace dot B dot McDowell at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room F02, Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS


Wallace has spent over twenty years working in the professional theatre as a Production Manager, Lighting Designer and Administrator. He is also the author of a number of plays. In 2004 he received his MA from De Montfort University with a dissertation that examined the career and practice of Robert Wilson through the theoretical lens of Jean-Francois Lyotard's thinking on the modern and the postmodern. Wallace's doctoral thesis, which examined the changing nature of the relationship between performance and working-class Ulster Loyalism between 1997 and 2007, was awarded in 2008.

Throughout his PhD studies and beyond, Wallace taught on a range of undergraduate modules at Warwick. He spent the 2009–10 academic year at Nottingham University teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Research interests

Wallace's primary research is in Irish Theatre and the performance of gender/masculinities.

Teaching and supervision

Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Twentieth-Century Irish Theatre
  • Performing Gender and Sexuality
  • Third-year dissertation supervision

Administrative roles

  • Widening Participation and Schools

Selected publications

  • McDowell, W. 'Within These Walls: The Beaux Stratagem, the City of Derry and the 'Only Loyalist Theatre Producer in Ireland', in Holdsworth, Nadine (ed), Theatre and National Identity: Re-Imagining Conceptions of Nation, London: Routledge, 2014, pp. 58-74.
  • McDowell, W. 'Overcoming Working-Class Ulster Loyalism's Restance to Theatricality after the Peace Process', Contemporary Theatre Review, Volume 23, Number 3, August, 2013, pp. 323-333.
  • McDowell, W. 2009: ‘Staging the Debate: Loyalist-Britishness and Masculinities in the Plays of Gary Mitchell’, Studies in Ethnicities and Nationalism, Volume 9, Issue 1, April, pp. 89-112.
  • Holdsworth, N. and McDowell, W. 2008: ‘A Legacy of Violence: Representing Loyalism in the plays of Gary Mitchell’. In Rebecca D’Monté and Graham Saunders (eds.), Cool Britannia: British Political Drama in the 1990s. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 176-191.
  • McDowell, W. 2007: ‘Traditional Routes: Challenges and Re-affirmations in the Representation of the Ulster Protestant’ in Cave, Richard and Levitas, Ben, (eds.), Irish Theatre in England, Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2007, pp. 113-126.

Other Activity

Academic Consultant on:

VRTOV / BBC Learning / Crossover Labs


Directed by Oscar Raby

Step into one man’s memories, into a moment that changed Irish history forever – the 1916 Easter Rising.

Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel lets users step into the memories of Willie McNeive and journey back in time to a moment that changed Irish history forever: the Easter Rising of 1916. Through VR, users travel with Willie, back to Dublin, when he was 19 years old. Willie was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and felt deeply that Ireland should be separate from Britain, free to be its own independent democratic republic. His feelings were so strong that he took chose to take part in the Easter Rising – a violent, armed insurgence where thousands of Republican men and women occupied key sites in Dublin, proclaiming the Irish Republic. This uprising became increasingly chaotic and bloody, culminating after six days with the rebel leaders surrendering. Hundreds of British soldiers, civilians and rebels died.

The VR experience makes use of McNieve’s eye witness account – a recording of which lay undiscovered for over 30 years.

Through a remarkable, and very personal insight into this a key moment in European history, Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel presents an artistic journey into the memory of an ordinary man who was swept up into an extraordinary event.


  • MA (De Montfort)
  • PhD (Warwick)

Office hours

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Undergraduate modules

Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies

Twentieth-Century Irish Theatre

Performing Gender and Sexuality

Independent Research Option

PhD Supervision