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Community Politics and the Peace Process in Contemporary Northern Irish Drama

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Eva Urban

This book examines theatre within the context of the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process, with reference to a wide variety of plays, theatre productions and community engagements within and across communities. The author clarifies both the nature of the social and political vision of a number of major contemporary Northern Irish dramatists and the manner in which this vision is embodied in text and in performance. The book identifies and celebrates a tradition of playwrights and drama practitioners who, to this day, challenge and question all Northern Irish ideologies and propose alternative paths. The author’s analysis of a selection of Northern Irish plays, written and produced over the course of the last thirty years or so, illustrates the great variety of approaches to ideology in Northern Irish drama, while revealing a common approach to staging the conflict and the peace process, with a distinct emphasis on utopian performatives and the possibility of positive change.

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Index Abbey Theatre 20, 273 acting style 33, 42, 81, 82, 169, 215 agitprop 33 Akad, Orna: Clouds on a Mountain Road 223, 276 alienation, estrangement vii, 22–7, 32–4, 43–89, 171, 207, 210–11, 214–16, 241, 244, 270, 281 Alliance Party Northern Ireland 104, 195 Anderson, Sarah Pia 159, 160 Anglo-Irish Agreement 101, 104 Anglo-Irish Treaty 18 Anglo-Irish War 18 Arnold, Gottfried 129 Artaud, Antonin 85, 215, 280 Arts Council 28, 29, 44, 45, 203, 250, 289, 290; arts funding 27, 28, 29, 80, 82, 180, 203–4 arts installation 80, 85, 87, 90 atomization 25–7 audience, spectators 11–12, 14, 20, 23, 29–89, 105, 115–18, 128, 134–5, 142, 144, 148, 160, 172–6, 183–4, 192–6, 201–7, 210–26, 237, 245, 249–51, 256–76, 289 Bammer, Angelika 12, 267 Barthes, Roland 16, 36–7, 132–3, 267 Beckett, Samuel 84, 93, 148, 227 Behan, Brendan 88 Belfast Agreement 19, 189 Berliner Ensemble 29 Bhabha, Homi K. 141 Binnie, Eric 37 Bloch, Ernst 12, 15–16, 73, 93, 128–9, 267, 286 blood sacrifice 50, 52, 131, 134–9, 150–2, 155–8, 166, 176, 178, 274 Bloody Sunday 30, 59, 104, 131, 150–5, 158–64, 216, 235 Boal, Augusto 15, 34, 204, 253, 267, 270, 276, 281 Bolger, Dermot: Blinded by the Light 172, 182 bombing 56, 62–3, 67, 71, 82, 103, 105, 107, 108, 205, 216, 256 Boyd, John 19, 21,162; The Flats 23...

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