Making Theatre in Northern Ireland: Through and Beyond the Troubles

Making Theatre in Northern Ireland: Through and Beyond the Troubles

by Tom Maguire
     
 

ISBN-10: 0859897389

ISBN-13: 9780859897389

Pub. Date: 06/28/2006

Publisher: University of Exeter Press

Making Theatre in Northern Ireland examines the relationships between theatre and the turbulent political and social context of Northern Ireland since 1969. It explores in detail key theatrical performances which deal directly with this context. The works examined are used as exemplars of wider approaches to theatre-making about Northern Ireland.
 
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Making Theatre in Northern Ireland examines the relationships between theatre and the turbulent political and social context of Northern Ireland since 1969. It explores in detail key theatrical performances which deal directly with this context. The works examined are used as exemplars of wider approaches to theatre-making about Northern Ireland.
 
The book is aimed at a student readership: it is largely play-text-based, and it contains useful contextualising material such as a chronological list of Northern Ireland’s plays in the modern period, a full bibliography, and a brief chronology.
 
Students find it hard to obtain any detailed and informed perspective on this key element of the theatre of Ireland and Britain: Northern Ireland’s theatrical traditions are normally discussed only as an adjunct to discussions of Irish theatre more generally, or as so exceptional as to be beyond comparison with others. This book sets out to fill this gap.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859897389
Publisher:
University of Exeter Press
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
University of Exeter Press - Exeter Performance Studies Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Chronology of key events

1. Introduction: Staging Northern Ireland
Terms and Definitions
The Critical History
Theatre, Ideology and Propaganda
The Shape and Approach of the Book

2. Direct Engagement
3. Authentic History
4. Failed Origins
5. Utopian Myths
6. Gendered Troubles
7. Let the People Speak: Community and Theatre
8. Theatre after the Cease-fires
9. The Art and Politics of Staging the Troubles

Notes
Bibliography
Playography
Index

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