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This book is also a celebration of the vitality, originality and richness of theatre practice and scholarship on the island today. In Olwen Fouéré's 1999 production Angel/Babel, the millennial cyborg-figure says: 'The dreaming body lies at the core of everything and the metaphor of the dark is much richer and stranger than what is being talked about.' Theatre, indeed all art, is impossible without the dreaming body, whether it is the body of the performer, the playwright, the designer, the scholar or the director. Such creative impulses are at the heart of what this book seeks to explore. Theatre practice and scholarship in Ireland, North and South, has never been more vibrant and energised. This collection of writings offers a taste of the dreams and imaginings which have materialised on the island over the last forty years. The sixteenth volume in the Ulster Editions & Monographs Series.
Seamus Heaney. 'The Wood Road' -
Melissa Sihra & Paul Murphy. Introduction, 'The Dreaming Body'
Eamonn Jordan. 'Urban Dramas: Any Myth Will Do?'
Extract from Marina Carr's Chekhov, introduced by Melissa Sihra Lynne Parker. 'Showtime: The Strategy of Mischief in the Plays of Stewart Parker'
Mark Phelan. 'Performing "Authentic" Ireland: (Dis)connecting the Cultural Politics of the Irish Revival and the Celtic Tiger on the Irish Stage'
Rhona Trench. 'Staging Morality in On Raftery's Hill: A Kristevan Reading'
Stephen Regan. 'Terry Eagleton's Saint Oscar'
Extract from Terry Eagleton's Saint Oscar Brian Singleton. 'Queer Eye for the Irish Guy: Transgressive Sexualities and the Performance of Nation'
Olwen Fouéré. 'Operating Theatre and Angel/Babel'
Aoife Monks. 'Looking for Fiona: Gender and Nationality in the Work of Fiona Shaw'
Paul Murphy. 'Brian Friel's Wonderful Tennessee, or what was lost in Translations'
Conall Morrison. 'The Future of Greek Tragedy and The Bacchae of Baghdad'
Extract from Conall Morrison's The Bacchae of Baghdad Melissa Sihra. 'Birthdays and Deathdays in the Theatre of Samuel Beckett and Marina Carr'
David Johnston. 'En otras palabras: Frank McGuinness and Spanish Drama'
Donal O'Kelly in conversation with Paul Murphy Robert Welch. 'Afterword'