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Irish Drama

Local and Global Perspectives


Edited By Nicholas Grene and Patrick Lonergan

Since the late 1970s there has been a marked internationalization of Irish drama, with individual plays, playwrights, and theatrical companies establishing newly global reputations. This book reflects upon these developments, drawing together leading scholars and playwrights to consider the consequences that arise when Irish theatre travels abroad. Essays discuss some of Ireland’s major theatre companies – Druid, the Abbey Theatre, Rough Magic, Blue Raincoat, Field Day and others – while also exploring the presence of Irish drama in the UK, the USA, Germany, and throughout Ireland. The volume also presents the views of key playwrights, featuring essays by Elizabeth Kuti and Ursula Rani Sarma, and including a new interview with Enda Walsh.

CONTENTS: Chris Morash: Making Space: Towards a Spatial Theory of Irish Theatre - Martine Pelletier: Field Day: Local Roots and Global Reach José Lanters: «We»ll Be the Judges of That’: The Critical Reception of Druid Synge in the USA - Richard Cave: Abbey Tours to London after 1990 - James Moran: Ireland Onstage at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre - Werner Huber: ‹What’s the news from Kilcrobally?›: Notes on the Reception of Contemporary Irish Theatre in German-Speaking Countries - Rhona Trench: Blue Raincoat Theatre Company and Its Influences - Christopher Murray: Beyond the Passion Machine: The Adigun-Doyle Playboy and Multiculturalism - Ursula Rani Sarma: Audience Expectation and the Expected Audience – Writing for the International Stage - Jesse Weaver: ‹The Words Look After Themselves›: The Practice of Enda Walsh - Elizabeth Kuti: ‹Strangeness Made Sense›: Reflections on Being a Non-Irish Irish Playwright.