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Foregrounding the body and performance in plays by Gina Moxley, Emma Donoghue and Marina Carr

where the furious Noel pushes Ber for her ‘lies’ with such vehemence that she falls to the ground. Cactus’s mimicry replays gender inequity with excess, leading to a fatal outcome which exemplifies the latent danger underlying the ‘original’. Unwilling to conform to the gender rules which require her to remain passive and wait to be courted, Cactus refuses to perform the role of the subordinate ‘other’ in the conventional way. Her acts reverse elements of the given system and, bringing about disorder and destruction, expose the oppressive tendencies lurking in the

in Irish literature since 1990