Theatres of the Troubles: Theatre, Resistance and Liberation in Ireland (Exeter Performance Studies)

Theatres of the Troubles: Theatre, Resistance and Liberation in Ireland (Exeter Performance Studies)

By: Bill McDonnell (author)Hardback

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The first book to document grass roots popular theatres which developed from within the working class Republican and Loyalist communities of Belfast and Derry during the latest phase of the four hundred year conflict between Ireland and Britain. Theatres of the Troubles explores the history of one of the most important periods of political theatre activity in post-war Europe. This significant study seeks to convey how the moment to moment unfolding of the conflict determined organisation, 'texts', performance contexts and reception, and how the theatres operated within Republican and Loyalist communities. All chapters draw upon previously unpublished primary sources, including texts, interviews and letters, shared workshops and witnessed performance. In examining not only how these theatres related to each other, but also their relationship to European traditions of radical theatre and to the liberation models which were developing in neo- and post-colonial contexts in the South, Theatres of the Troubles represents a key addition to our understanding of the critical relationship between historical conditions and the development of radical theatre forms.

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About Author

Bill McDonnell is Senior Lecturer in Theatre at the University of Sheffield. He has worked both as an actor and writer and was founder and co-director of Theatreworks, Sheffield. He is co-author of Social Impact in UK Theatre (with Dominic Shellard, Arts Council England, 2006).


Acknowledgements Chronology of Key Events Glossary of Terms 1. Introduction 2. The Historical Context 3. 'Gentle Fury': Father Des and the People's Theatre 4. 'At the Heart of the Struggle': the plays of Belfast Community Theatre 5. 'From Pedagogy of the Oppressed to Theatre of the Oppressed': the H Block Theatres 6. Derry Frontline: a template for liberation 7. Staging the Peace (1) Dubbeljoint at Amharclann na Carraige 8. Staging the Peace (2) the plays of Laurence McKeown and Brian Campbell 9. 'Not a Profession but a Movement': politics, theatre and Republicanism 10. 'Only Catholics Combine': Loyalism and theatre 11. Last Words Bibliography

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/11/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780859897938
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780859897938
  • weight: 576
  • ISBN10: 0859897931

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