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Staging Thought

Essays on Irish Theatre, Scholarship and Practice

Edited By 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 I owe thanks to the members of the Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) for their vision and support in encouraging the realization of projects like this. Particular mention is due to Paul Murphy who played a key role in the society as a founding member and as President for the last five years; to the society’s new President, Melissa Sihra; and to all of the Executive Committee, whose commitment to research continues to be an inspiration. I am grateful to my colleagues at the Institute of Technology, Sligo for their conversations and advice. Thanks to all of the contributors for the patience, passion and knowledge which they bring to this work. I would like to thank my parents and family for their support throughout the editing process. As always, thanks to my friends Sandra Thornton, Marion Jordan, Jo Conway, Una Mannion, Kate Duke, Bernie Meehan, Agnes Pallai, Kellie Hughes, Tommy Weir, Niall Colleary and Declan Drohan. I am forever grateful to Tomás for his support, patience and love. I owe huge gratitude to Christabel Scaife at Peter Lang for her editorial expertise and valuable suggestions in preparing the manuscript and special thanks to Mary Critchley for her work in formatting this book. Quotes from Ariel, By the Bog of Cats and Woman and Scarecrow by Marina Carr are by kind permission of the author and The Gallery Press: Quotes from The Marriage by Bill Morrison and The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh are by kind...

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