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In Derry Girls and Milkman, teenage girls dance through the Troubles

Lisa McGee's Derry Girls and the young women of Milkman aren't just showing a different side of life during the Troubles. They're claiming space in a world where even dancing is a political statement

By Caroline Magennis  

The last scene of the first series of Derry Girls caused a strong reaction. As the young protagonists danced at a school talent show, their families watched news of a paramilitary act—a bomb explosion—at home. There was something about their unselfconscious, spontaneous movement that made the tragedy of the ongoing violence even more shocking. It reminded us that against the narrative of the Troubles, people danced, sang, “acted the maggot.”

In placing music, laughter and dancing at the core of her drama, writer Lisa McGee deftly avoided many of the clichés…

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