The Irish Dramatic Revival was to radically redefine Irish theatre and see the birth of Ireland's national theatre, the Abbey, in 1904. From a consideration of such influential precursors as Boucicault and Wilde, Anthony Roche goes on to examine the role of Yeats as both founder and playwright, the one who set the agenda until his death in 1939. Each of the major playwrights of the movement refashioned that agenda to suit their own very different dramaturgies.
Roche explores Synge's experimentation in the creation of a new national drama and considers Lady Gregory not only as a co-founder and director of the Abbey Theatre but also as a significant playwright. A chapter on
Shaw outlines his important intervention in the Revival. O'Casey's four ground-breaking Dublin plays receive detailed consideration, as does the new Irish modernism that followed in the 1930s and which also witnessed
the founding of the Gate Theatre in Dublin.
The Companion also features interviews and essays by leading theatre scholars and practitioners Paige Reynolds, P.J. Mathews and Conor McPherson who provide further critical perspectives on this period of radical change in modern Irish theatre.
Anthony Roche is Professor in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College, Dublin, and has published widely on Irish drama and theatre from the late nineteenth century to the present. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Brian Friel (2006) and author of Contemporary Irish Drama (2009), Brian Friel: Theatre and Politics (2011) and Synge and the Making of Modern Irish Drama (2013).
Acknowledgements Introduction 1 The Late Nineteenth Century Douglas Hyde The nineteenth century and Dion Boucicault Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw Henrik Ibsen The Irish Literary Theatre 2 Yeats as Founder and Playwright `The Irish Dramatic Movement': Yeats and the theatre Cathleen ni Houlihan On Baile's Strand Deirdre At the Hawk's Well The Dreaming of the Bones 3 The Impact of Synge The making of a playwright Riders to the Sea The Shadow of the Glen The Well of the Saints The Playboy of the Western World Conclusion 4 Shaw and the Revival: The Absent Presence The anti-Shaw prejudice Shaw's direct encounter with the Irish Dramatic Revival John Bull's Other Island and the Abbey Theatre The Shewing Up of Blanco Posnet: An Abbey Play? O'Flaherty, V.C. and the Irish in World War I 5 Lady Gregory: Irish Woman Playwright The emergence of a writer Spreading the News The Gaol Gate The Rising of the Moon The Workhouse Ward Grania 6 The Arrival of O'Casey Contemporary urban working-class drama The Shadow of a Gunman Juno and the Paycock The Plough and the Stars The Silver Tassie 7 The Revival from O'Casey to the Death of Yeats (1928-39) Denis Johnston's The Old Lady Says No! and the Arrival of the Gate Theatre The second Lady of the Abbey: Teresa Deevy Yeats's Endgame 8 Critical Perspectives Performance and Spectacle in (and out) of Modern Irish Theatre by Paige Reynolds The Years of Synge: the cultural debates by P.J. Mathews Interview: Ghosts and the Uncanny in Irish Theatre by Conor McPherson Conclusion: The Legacy Chronology Notes Selected Bibliography Notes on Contributors Index