theatre books I would to like to own

Posted: July 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh (Critical Companions) [Paperback]

Martin McDonagh is one of the world’s most popular dramatists. This is a highly readable and illuminating analysis of his career to date that will appeal to the legions of fans of his stage plays and the films Six Shooter and In Bruges. As a resource for students and practitioners it is unrivalled, providing an authoritative and enquiring approach to his work that moves beyond the tired discussions of national identity to offer a comprehensive critical exploration. Patrick Lonergan provides a detailed analysis of each of his plays and films, their original staging, critical reception, and the connections within and between the Leenane Trilogy, the Aran Islands plays and more recent work. It includes an interview with Garry Hynes, artistic director of Druid Theatre Company, and offers four critical essays on key features of McDonagh’s work by leading international scholars: Joan FitzPatrick Dean, Eamonn Jordan, Jose Lanters and Karen O’Brien. A series of further resources including a chronology, glossary, notes on McDonagh’s use of language and a list of further reading makes this the perfect companion to one of the most exciting dramatists writing today.

Theatre and Globalization: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era [Paperback]

Globalization is transforming theatre everywhere. As writers seek to exploit new opportunities to produce their work internationally, audiences are seeing the world – and the stage – differently. And, as national borders became more fluid, the barriers between economics and culture are also becoming weaker. In this groundbreaking study, now available in paperback, Patrick Lonergan explores these developments, placing them in the context of the transformation of Ireland – the ‘most globalized country in the world’ – since the early 1990s. Drawing on archival material that has never before been published, this study sheds new light on the culture of Celtic Tiger Ireland , focusing on such writers as Brian Friel, Sean O’Casey, Marie Jones, Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr and Conor McPherson. In doing so, it shows how globalization poses difficult questions for authors and audiences – and reveals how we can begin to come to terms with these new developments

Interactions: Dublin Theatre Festival 1957-2007: 3 (Irish Theatrical Diaspora) [Paperback]

This publication is a must for any student of Irish theatre or any theatre practitioner or admirer interested in the cultural history of modern Irish theatre. –Books Ireland, March 2009

Echoes Down the Corridor: Irish Theatre – Past, Present, and Future (IASIL Studies in Irish Writing) [Paperback]

his collection of fourteen new essays explores Irish theatre from exciting new perspectives. How has Irish theatre been received internationally and, as the country becomes more multicultural, how will international theatre influence the development of drama in Ireland? As Ireland changes, how should we think about the works of familiar figures writers like Synge, O’Casey, Friel, Murphy, Carr, and McGuinness? Is the distinction between popular and literary drama tenable in a Celtic Tiger Ireland where the arts and economics are becoming increasingly intertwined? And is it time to remember less established Irish writers? Drawing together a range of international experts, this book aims to answer these and many other important questions

Irish Drama: Local and Global Perspectives

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. Contributors: Chris Morash, Martine Pelletier, José Lanters, Richard Cave, James Moran,Werner Huber, Rhona Trench, Christopher Murray, Ursula Rani Sarma, Jesse Weaver, Enda Walsh, Elizabeth Kuti.

Synge and his Influences: Centenary Essays from the Synge Summer School [Paperback]Book of Essays

he year 2009 was the centenary of the death of John Millington Synge, one of the world s great dramatists. To mark the occasion, this book gathers essays by leading scholars of Irish drama, aiming to explore the writers and movements that shaped Synge, and to consider his enduring legacies. The essays discuss Synge s work in its Irish, European and world contexts showing his engagement not just with the Irish literary revival but with European politics and culture too. It also explores Synge s influence on later writers: Irish dramatists such as Brian Friel, Tom Murphy and Marina Carr, as well as international writers like Mustapha Matura and Erisa Kironde. It also considers Synge s place in Ireland today, revealing how The Playboy of the Western World has helped to shape Ireland s responses to globalisation and multiculturalism, in celebrated productions by the Abbey Theatre, Druid theatre, and Pan Pan theatre company. Contributors include Ann Saddlemyer, Ben Levitas, Mary Burke, Paige Reynolds, Eilís Ní Dhuibhne, Mark Phelan, Shaun Richards, Ond ej Pilný, Richard Pine, Alexandra Poulain, Emilie Pine, Melissa Sihra, Sara Keating, Bisi Adigun, Adrian Frazier and Anthony Roche.

Patrick Lonergan,  is Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway He blogs at http://patricklonergan.wordpress.com : “Scenes from the Bigger Picture”

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