Analysing major Irish dramas and the artists and companies thatperformed them, Modern Irish Theatre provides an engagingand accessible introduction to twentieth-century Irish theatre: itsorigins, dominant themes, relationship to politics and culture, andinfluence on theatre movements around the world. By looking at hersubject as a performance rather than a literary phenomenon, Trottercaptures how Irish theatre has actively reflected and shapeddebates about Irish culture and identity among audiences, artists,and critics for over a century.
This text provides the reader with discussion and analysisof:
- Significant playwrights and companies, from Lady Gregory toBrendan Behan to Marina Carr, and from the Abbey Theatre to theLyric Theatre to Field Day;
- Major historical events, including the war for Independence,the Troubles, and the social effects of the Celtic Tigereconomy;
- Critical Methodologies: how postcolonial, diaspora,performance, gender, and cultural theories, among others, shedlight on Irish theatre’s political and artistic significance,and how it has addressed specific national concerns.
Because of its comprehensiveness and originality, ModernIrish Theatre will be of great interest to students and generalreaders interested in theatre studies, cultural studies, Irishstudies, and political performance.
About the Author
Mary Trotter is Associate Professor of Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Table of Contents
Timeline of Signifi cant Events in Irish Arts and Politicsix
Part I: Performing the Nation, 1891-1916 5
Introduction to Part I 7
1 Imagining an Aesthetic: Modern Irish Theatre’s FirstYears 13
2 Realisms and Regionalisms 35
Part II: War and After, 1916-1948 61
Introduction to Part II 63
3 The Abbey Becomes Institution: 1916-1929 67
4 New Voices of the 1930s and 1940s 91
Part III: Rewriting Tradition, 1948-1980 113
Introduction to Part III 115
5 Irish Theatre in the 1950s 119
6 Irish Theatre's Second Wave 136
Part IV: Re-imagining Ireland, 1980-2007 151
Introduction to Part IV 153
7 Theatres Without Borders: Irish Theatre in the 1980s 157
8 A New Sense of Place: Irish Theatre since the 1990s 176
Conclusion: What is an Irish Play? 195