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The Theatre of Tom MacIntyre

Strays from the Ether

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Edited By Bernadette Sweeney and Marie Kelly

This long overdue anthology captures the soul of MacIntyre's dramatic canon - its ethereal qualities, its extraordinary diversity, its emphasis on the poetic and on performance - in an extensive range of visual, journalistic and scholarly contributions from writers and theatre practitioners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

 

List of illustrations Acknowledgements

 

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Preface/Réamhrá

Fiach Mac Conghail

Introduction: ‘Strays from the ether’

Bernadette Sweeney Marie Kelly

Chapter 1: ‘Someone opened a door … And now the traffic’s racin’ …’

 

A Vibrant Presence:

A Biography of Tom Mac Intyre’s Work

Bernadette Sweeney

Introduction to The Harper’s Turn

Seamus Heaney

In Conversation with Tom Mac Intyre

Vincent Woods

Tom Mac Intyre: Border Country Bandit

Tom Hickey

 

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x The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre

Chapter 2: ‘a conspirator’s gleam’

 

The Long Surrender: Finding a Theatrical Voice 65

Through the Plays of the 1970s

Ben Francombe

Theatre Review: ‘Salome gets Modern Treatment’ 81

(The Irish Independent, 10 May 1977)

Desmond Rushe

Theatre Review: Doobally/Black Way 81

(The Irish Times, 9 October 1979)

David Nowlan

Theatre Review: ‘A Nimble Mime at the Peacock’ 82

(The Evening Press, August 1976)

Michael Sheridan

Chapter 3: ‘Down the ruckety pass’

A Director’s Note 85

Patrick Mason

On Design 87

Environmental Design and the Plays of Tom Mac Intyre

Bronwen Casson

Environmental Design in the Dublin Theatre 89

John Barrett

Theatre Review: ‘A Great Poem Without Words’ 93

(The Irish Press, 11 May 1983)

Gerard Stembridge

Theatre Review: ‘Images of Fragmented Ireland’ 94

(The Sunday Independent, 20 July 1986)

Colm Tóibín

Theatre Review: The Great Hunger

(The Guardian, 13 August 1986)

Michael Billington

Theatre Review: ‘People Hungering After Humanity’ (The Guardian, 27 November 1986)

Nicholas de Jongh

In the Beginning Was … the Image … (Theatre Ireland, 1984)

Kathryn Holmquist

Programme Note: ‘The Hurt Mind’ (Peacock Theatre, 1986)

Dermot Healy

Programme Note:

‘The Ghost, the Gate and the Go Beyant’ (Peacock Theatre, 1986)

Michael Harding

Oedipal Desire in Mac Intyre’s The Great Hunger: A Palaeo Postmodern Perspective

Catriona Ryan

‘What Shall I Wear, Darling, to The Great Hunger?’

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Chapter 4: ‘Warming to the fray’

Theatre Review: The Bearded Lady

(Theatre Ireland, Autumn 1984)

Joseph Mc Minn

Theatre Review: The Bearded Lady

(The Irish Press, 12 September 1984)

Peter Thompson

In Conversation with Bríd Ní Neachtain

Marie Kelly

 

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The Lunatics in the Basement:

Madness in Mac Intyre

Dermod Moore

New Dimensions: Spaces for Play in the Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre

Marie Kelly

Theatre Review: Rise Up Lovely Sweeney

(The Sunday Tribune, 15 September 1985)

Fintan O’Toole

Programme Note: Dance for your Daddy ‘Must you Play the Piano in your Nightgown?’ (Peacock Theatre, 1987)

Dermot Healy

Theatre Review: Dance for your Daddy

(The Irish Times, 3 March 1987)

David Nowlan

Scenes from Snow White

Tom Mac Intyre

Programme Note: ‘Chomh geal le Sneachta’ (Peacock Theatre, 1988)

Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Theatre Review: Snow White

(Theatre Ireland, Summer 1988)

David Calvert

Theatre Review: Snow White

(The Irish Times, 28 June 1988)

David Nowlan

Performing Women in Tom Mac Intyre’s Drama

SarahJane Scaife

Tom Mac Intyre and Theatre of the Image

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Chapter 5: ‘a gradle o’ stories’

Programme Note: Kitty O’Shea

(Peacock Theatre, 1990)

Medbh McGuckian

Theatre Review: Kitty O’Shea

(Theatre Ireland, October 1990)

Victoria White

Theatre Review: Fine Day for a Hunt

(The Galway Advertiser, 23 July 1992)

Jeff O’Connell

Theatre Review: Chickadee

(The Sunday Tribune, 23 May 1993)

Jocelyn Clarke

Programme Note:

‘The Night Before the Morning After’ (Peacock Theatre, 1994)

Ciaran Carson

‘Between two languages …’

Olwen Fouéré

Images of Sheep’s Milk on the Boil

Amelia Stein

Second Opinion: Sheep’s Milk on the Boil

(The Irish Times, 2 March 1994)

Fintan O’Toole

Good Evening, Mr Collins

Christina Hunt Mahony

Theatre Review: Good Evening, Mr Collins

(The Irish Times, 12 October 1995)

David Nowlan

Programme Note: ‘The Bandit Pen’ (Peacock Theatre, October 1995)

Marina Carr

 

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Stories Happen to Storytellers

Karen Ardiff

A Conversation with Carolyn Swift, Tom Mac Intyre, and John Scott on You Must Tell the Bees

(UCD Forum, 1996)

Deirdre Mulrooney

‘The Magic of Dissonance’

(The Irish Times, 24 September 1996)

Helen Meany

Theatre Review: The Chirpaun

(The Irish Times, 4 December 1997)

Victoria White

Theatre Review: Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire

(The Irish Times, 20 April 1998)

Diarmuid Johnson

Programme Note: Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire

(Peacock Theatre, 1998)

Alan Titley

Choreographing Cúirt an Mheán Oíche

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Chapter 6: ‘between the worlds’

Theatre Review: The Gallant John-Joe

(The Irish Times, 29 November 2001)

Fintan O’Toole

Ballet in the Bog

(The Guardian, 23 February 2005)

John Mahoney

Mapping the World of Bridgie Cleary

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Theatre Review: What Happened Bridgie Cleary

(The Irish Times, 29 May 2005)

Fintan O’Toole

Theatre Review: What Happened Bridgie Cleary

(Irish Theatre Magazine, 19 May 2005)

Patrick Lonergan

Theatre Review: What Happened Bridgie Cleary

(The Guardian, 29 April 2005)

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Anarchic and Strange: Only an Apple

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Bernadette Sweeney and Marie Kelly Cartmell

with

Selina

Theatre Review: Only an Apple

(Irish Theatre Magazine, 6 May 2009)

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Patrick Lonergan

Letters to the Editor

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Eilish MacCurtain Pearse Augustine Martin Sebastian Barry

The Hurt Mind (1985) Tom Mac Intyre

 

 

 

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Notes on the Contributors 323

Index 327