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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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Notes on Contributors Virginie Privas-Bréauté teaches English at Lyon 3 University, France. She completed her doctoral dissertation in 2007, on the religious dimension of the 1969 Northern Irish Troubles through the work of contemporary Belfast playwrights Stewart Parker (1941–1989) and Anne Devlin (1951–). Her research interests lie in Northern Irish theatre, women’s writing and performance and cultural politics. Mary Caulfield completed her PhD in 2011 at the School of Drama, Film and Music at Trinity College Dublin. Her research recovers the playtexts of Constance Markievicz, and looks to controversial women in Ireland’s past who combine the political and the performative in order to assert their own public positions while promoting women’s agency and visibility. Also a practising actor, she has published chapters on her work in forthcoming collections and most recently contributed an article to Theatre Research International on the ‘state of play’ in Irish theatre studies scholarship. Enrica Cerquoni previously taught Drama Studies at University College Dublin and has published widely on Irish theatre. Her main areas of interest are scenography and performance, space and gender and Irish theatre. She is currently writing a book on the works of Anne Devlin and Marina Carr. Suzanne Colleary completed her PhD at University College Dublin in 2011, entitled ‘The Storied Self: An Analysis of Performative Identities in Irish Stand Up Comedy’. She works as a teaching assistant at University College Dublin and as an Assistant Lecturer at the Institute of Technology, Sligo. Suzanne is the founder of the Lir...

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