This text provides the reader with discussion and analysis of:
Because of its comprehensiveness and originality, Modern Irish Theatre will be of great interest to students and general readers interested in theatre studies, cultural studies, Irish studies, and political performance.
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"Mary Trotter's Modern Irish Theatre will find a permanent residence on the reading lists for every course I teach on modern and contemporary drama. Her expertise is vast and deep, and this book makes a fine, unique contribution to our knowledge of the 'infinite variety' of Irish drama."
Stephen Watt, Indiana University
"Through a set of superbly constructed phases Mary Trotter situates twentieth-century Irish theatre in its evolving socio-political contexts. She covers theatrical activities from Belfast to Cork and from Dublin to Galway, analysing along the way a vast array of texts and performances from the high modernism of the early Abbey through to the community theatre of Charabanc. In a highly accessible style she articulates superbly how Irish theatre has performed the nation, how its use of realism can be read as counter-hegemonic, and how representations of gender and race have disrupted the myth of the rural in the theatrical imaginary."
Brian Singleton, Trinity College, Dublin
Timeline of Significant Events in Irish Arts and Politics.
Part I: Performing the Nation, 1891-1916.
Introduction to Part I.
1 Imagining an Aesthetic: Modern Irish Theatre's First Years.
2 Realisms and Regionalisms.
Part II: War and After, 1916-1948.
Introduction to Part II.
3. The Abbey Becomes Institution, 1916-1929.
4. New Voices of the 1930s and 1940s.
Part III: Rewriting Tradition, 1948-1980.
Introduction to Part III.
5. Irish Theatre in the 1950s.
6. Irish Theatre's Second Wave.
Part IV: Re-imagining Ireland, 1980-2007.
Introduction to Part IV.
7. Theatres Without Borders: Irish Theatre in the 1980s.
8. A New Sense of Place: Irish Theatre since the 1990s.
Conclusion: What is an Irish Play?.