Performing the Body in Irish Theatre [NOOK Book]

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Performing the Body in Irish Theatre reads recent Irish theatre history through the discipline of performance studies, re-imagining Irish theatre history by considering stagings of the body in canonical works. The five plays and their productions analysed closely here are each significant in terms of the performance idiom and the placing of the body. Bernadette Sweeney focuses on the liveness of the bodies of the actors and on the performance context, using gender and postcolonial studies to set the context of ...

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Overview

Performing the Body in Irish Theatre reads recent Irish theatre history through the discipline of performance studies, re-imagining Irish theatre history by considering stagings of the body in canonical works. The five plays and their productions analysed closely here are each significant in terms of the performance idiom and the placing of the body. Bernadette Sweeney focuses on the liveness of the bodies of the actors and on the performance context, using gender and postcolonial studies to set the context of each production. Productions analysed include the high-profile (Dancing at Lughnasa), the influential (The Great Hunger) and the hidden (The Saxon Shore). The book also considers contemporary stagings of the body in Irish theatre, including dance theatre and interdisciplinary work.

About the Author:
Bernadette Sweeney lectures in Drama and Theatre Studies at University College Cork, Republic of Ireland. She is a graduate of the School of Drama, Trinity College Dublin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230265165
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/14/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 887 KB

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgements     x
Introduction: A 'Sense of the Body'     1
The Absent Body? Performing Tradition     8
Cultural specificity - Is there an Irish body?     8
Performing tradition     20
Literally theatrical - The Irish theatre context     36
The Inanimate Body: The Great Hunger     50
Context of the first production     50
Staging a masterpiece     56
The body as object     61
Performance - A collaborative process     73
The Savage Body: The Saxon Shore     78
Context of the first production     78
Staging transformation     86
The body in pain     94
Performance - An acting problem?     102
The Dancing Body: Dancing at Lughnasa     111
Context of the first production     111
Staging nostalgia     116
The body as authenticity     121
Performance - A marketing tool     132
The Troubled Body: At the Black Pig's Dyke     138
Context of the first production     138
Staging tradition     145
The body as territory     155
Performance - Unwittinglyinteractive     160
The Indeterminate Body: Low in the Dark     168
Context of the first production     168
Staging the female voice     173
Body as gender     179
Performance - On record     186
The Present Body? Evolving Tradition     194
Performing Irishness     194
Staging the body in contemporary Irish theatre     200
Body of literature - A reflex of realism     212
Notes     218
Select Bibliography     228
Index     237

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