Cloth $89.95 ISBN: 9780859897938 Published February 2009 For sale in North and South America only
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Theatres of the Troubles

Theatre, Resistance, and Liberation in Ireland

Bill McDonnell

Bill McDonnell

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

288 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $89.95 ISBN: 9780859897938 Published February 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9780859897945 Published February 2009 For sale in North and South America only
The emergence of Ireland’s grassroots popular theatre is inexorably linked to the struggles of the working-class Republicans and Loyalists of Derry and Belfast—with performances unfolding in and around the latest phase of the four-hundred-year conflict between Britain and Ireland. Theatres of the Troubles conveys how the moment-to-moment unfolding of the conflict determined the organization, texts, performance contexts and receptions, and larger operations of these theatres in the Republican and Loyalist communities. Drawing upon previously unpublished primary sources—including texts, interviews, workshops, and letters—this volume examines how these theatres related to each other,  to the European tradition of radical theatre, and to the models of liberation which were developing in the postcolonial context of the Republic. Theatres of Troubles represents a key addition to our understanding of the critical relationship between historical conditions and the development of radical theatre forms, while at the same time telling the story of a people who tried to engage theatre in a volatile, complex, and rapidly recontextualizing political situation.
Contents

List of illustrations

Acknowledgements

Chronology of key events

Glossary of terms and acronyms

 

Part One: Contexts

The Research Context

The Historical Context

 

Part Two: Casebooks (1) Community Theatres of the Troubles

“Gentle Fury”: Father Des and the People’s Theatre

“At the Heart of the Struggle”: The plays of Belfast Community Theatre

“The University of Freedom”: Theatre in the H-Blocks

Derry Frontline—and the template for liberation

“Only Catholics Combine”: Loyalism and theatre

 

Part Three: Casebooks (2) Staging the Peace

The “Long Peace”

DubbelJoint at Amharclann na Carraige

The plays of Laurence McKeown and Brian Campbell

 

Part Four: “Not a Profession but a Movement”

The Politics of Process: Insurgency, theatre and community

 

Notes to the Chapters

Select Bibliography

Index

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