The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh

The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh

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Overview

Martin McDonagh is one of the world's most popular dramatists. This is a highly readable and illuminating analysis of his career to date that will appeal to the legions of fans of his stage plays and the films Six Shooter and In Bruges. As a resource for students and practitioners it is unrivalled, providing an authoritative and enquiring approach to his work that moves beyond the tired discussions of national identity to offer a comprehensive critical exploration.


Patrick Lonergan provides a detailed analysis of each of his plays and films, their original staging, critical reception, and the connections within and between the Leenane Trilogy, the Aran Islands plays and more recent work. It includes an interview with Garry Hynes, artistic director of Druid Theatre Company, and offers four critical essays on key features of McDonagh's work by leading international scholars: Joan Dean, Eamonn Jordan, Jose Lanters and Karen O'Brien. A series of further resources including a chronology, glossary, notes on McDonagh's use of language and a list of further reading makes this the perfect companion to one of the most exciting dramatists writing today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408136119
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Series: Critical Companions , #2
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr Patrick Lonergan is a lecturer in English at National University of Ireland, Galway. He writes about theatre for The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. His first book, Theatre and Globalization, was awarded the 2008 Theatre Book Prize. He has authored two Student Editions of plays by Martin McDonagh and is editor of The Methuen Drama Anthology of Irish Plays.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: 'MARTIN MCDONAGH: FACTS AND FICTIONS'

1 THE LEENANE TRILOGY

Introduction: The Murder Capital of Europe?
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
A Skull in Connemara
The Lonesome West
Druid Theatre and The Leenane Trilogy in production

2 THE ARAN ISLANDS PLAYS
Introduction
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
The Aran Islands Plays
Staging The Lieutenant and The Cripple

3 WORLD PLAYS
The Pillowman
A Behanding in Spokane
The Plays in production

4 THE FILMS
Six Shooter
In Bruges
McDonagh and cinema

5 CRITICAL AND PERFORMANCE PERSPECTIVES
Garry Hynes in conversation: Monstrous Children
'Like Tottenham': Martin McDonagh's Postmodern Morality Tales (José Lanters)
A Symbiotic Relationship: The Works of Martin McDonagh and Ecocriticism (Karen O'Brien)
McDonagh and Postcolonial Theory: Practices, Perpetuations, Divisions, and Legacies (Eamonn Jordan)
McDonagh's Gender Troubles (Joan Dean)

6 CONCLUSION

7 RESOURCES
Chronology of the life and work of Martin McDonagh
A note on language
Glossary of Irish words and slang
Cultural, Political, Literary and Historical References
Further Reading

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