Contemporary Irish Drama / Edition 2

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A revised and updated version of this pioneering study covers the extraordinary revival of Irish drama in the second half of the twentieth century. By comparing the theatre of Samuel Beckett to more culturally specific Irish plays, the book establishes a greater international and theatrically experimental context for the field than has been recognised. Its three central chapters offer close and contextualised readings of the careers of Brian Friel, Tom Murphy and Thomas Kilroy across a span of more than four decades. The drama of Northern Ireland and its theatrical response to political violence receive sustained attention through a wide range of playwrights, including Frank McGuinness, Gary Mitchell, Christina Reid and Anne Devlin. A new chapter considers the work of such younger playwrights as Martin McDonagh and Marina Carr who emerged in the 1990s to probe the shortcomings of the 'Celtic Tiger' phenomenon. The book draws on significant productions of the period and will prove invaluable for students and theatregoers alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230219793
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

ANTHONY ROCHE is Associate Professor in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin, Ireland. He is a member of the Board of the Humanities Institute of Ireland, and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Brian Friel (2006).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction 1

1 Beckett and Behan: Waiting for Your Man 13

2 Friel's Drama: Leaving and Coming Home 42

3 Murphy's Drama: Tragedy and After 84

4 Kilroy's Doubles 130

5 Northern Irish Drama: Imagining Alternatives 158

6 The 1990s and Beyond: McPherson, Barry, McDonagh, Carr 220

Notes 261

Select Bibliography 278

Index 286

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