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Staging Thought

Essays on Irish Theatre, Scholarship and Practice

Rhona Trench

This collection of essays showcases the rich diversity of current writing about Irish theatre. The volume includes perspectives from experts in scenography, physical theatre, dramaturgy and stand-up comedy, as well as academic contributions drawing from anthropology, psychology, sociology, gender studies and performance studies. Exploring plays, events, exhibitions, performances, and rehearsal and realization processes, the essays provide a stimulating analysis of the languages and procedures of theatre in Ireland. The book demonstrates that performance studies and practices are continuing to expand, suggesting that Ireland’s text-centric theatre has begun to cast its net further afield and pointing to the rich possibilities within Irish theatre, scholarship and practice, now and for the future.

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Acknowledgements xi Notes on Contributors xiii Foreword by Thomas Kilroy xix Rhona Trench Introduction – Staging Thought: Essays on Irish Theatre, Scholarship and Practice 1 Part I Performance Process, Practice and Space 13 Frank Conway The Sound of One Hand Clapping 15 Rhona Trench A Blend of Irish and European Theatre Process and Practice: Blue Raincoat Theatre Company’s Production of W.B. Yeats’s The Cat and the Moon (1926) 35 Carmen Szabo Place and Non-Place: Discussing Physicality and Story in Barabbas Theatre Company’s Circus (2007) 47 Agnes Pallai Cultural Dif ferences in Staging Brian Friel’s Translations in Romania 59 viii Part II Theatre, Text and Performance 71 Enrica Cerquoni Ways of Seeing and the Womb-Theatre: Theatrical Space and Scenic Presentation in Marina Carr’s Ariel 73 Virginie Privas-Bréauté The Actor’s Body as a Heterotopic Language in Bill Morrison’s The Marriage 93 Caoileann Thompson Irish Theatre Studies in the Performance Age: The Case of Stewart Parker 109 Eamonn Jordan ‘It Would Never Happen On The Waltons’: Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce 119 Part III Performance, Performers and Audience 137 Eric Weitz Sleight of Frame: Exploitations of Comic Feeling by Two Irish Playwrights 139 Suzanne Colleary ‘God’s Comic’: Narratives of Performed Identity of Irish Stand-Up Comedian Tommy Tiernan 153 Fiona Fearon Decoding the Audience: Enda Walsh’s Chatroom (2008) 169 ix Part IV Performing Memory, Ritual and Tradition 189 Mary Caulfield Fashion Advice: Constance Markievicz’s ‘Unmarked’, ‘Mismarked’ and ‘Remarkable’ Women 191 Michael Jaros Broken Narratives, Performing Ruins: Yeats, Beckett and the Dramatic Landscape of Catastrophe...

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