Confronting Corporate Neo-liberalism in Jim Nolan’s Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye (2016)

  • Victor Merriman


This chapter reads Jim Nolan’s Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye (2016) as an explicit reassertion of Drama as Ireland’s deliberative space, as the fallout from the collapse of Ireland’s banks in 2008 continues. Nolan’s work is of particular interest because of his declared commitment to writing what he has called ‘public plays,’ citing Arthur Miller as an inspiration. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye (2016) stages tensions between neo-liberal corporate ‘messaging’ in managing commemoration of the anti-imperialist 1916 rebellion, and the efforts of the staff of a small-town newspaper to explore contradiction in local memories, while in the throes of corporate takeover.


Corporate neo-liberalism Ireland Public memory Jim Nolan 1916 commemorations 

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  • Victor Merriman
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  1. 1.Edge Hill UniversityOrmskirk, LancashireUK

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