New Publication: Perspectives on Contemporary Irish Theatre

Perspectives on Contemporary Irish Theatre: Populating the Stage, edited by Anne Etienne and Thierry Dubost. Palgrave MacMillan

Perspectives in Contemporary Irish Theatre . Populating the Stage CoverThis book addresses the notion posed by Thomas Kilroy in his definition of a playwright’s creative process: ‘We write plays, I feel, in order to populate the stage’. It gathers eclectic reflections on contemporary Irish theatre from both Irish theatre practitioners and international academics. The eighteen contributions offer innovative perspectives on Irish theatre since the early 1990s up to the present, testifying to the development of themes explored by emerging and established playwrights as well as to the (r)evolutions in practices and approaches to the stage that have taken place in the last thirty years.
This cross-disciplinary collection devotes as much attention to contextual questions and approaches to the stage in practice as it does to the play text in its traditional and revised forms. The essays and interviews encourage dialectic exchange between analytical studies on contemporary Irish theatre and contributions by theatre practitioners.

Table of Contents:

Foreword, by Thomas Kilroy

Chapter 1. Introduction


Chapter 2. Innovation meets Evocation: Tom Mac Intyre’s plays at the Peacock Theatre.

Marie Kelly

Chapter 3. From Dementia to Utopia: Tragedy and Transcendence in Frank McGuinness’s The Hanging Gardens.

Matthieu Kolb

Chapter 4. Women and Scarecrows:  Marina Carr’s Stage Bodies.

Mary Noonan

Chapter 5. McDonagh’s True, Lonesome West.

Maria Isabel Seguro

Chapter 6. The physical and verbal theatre of Michael West.

Nicholas Grene

 Chapter 7. A Dark Rosebud on the Irish Stage: Ailís Ní Ríain’s Tallest Man in the World.

Thierry Dubost


Chapter 8. Death of A Playwright    

Geoff Gould

 Chapter 9. Looking back and forward on sound design: Irish theatre transformed.

Cormac O’Connor

Chapter 10. Lightning in a Bottle: the BrokenCrow Experiment.

Ronan FitzGibbon

 Chapter 11. Interview with Bríd Ó Gallchoir     

Anne Etienne and Thierry Dubost

Chapter 12. Interview with Pat Kinevane      

Anne Etienne

Chapter 13. Interview with Mark O’Rowe

Thierry Dubost and Anne Etienne

 Chapter 14. Enda Walsh, in conversation with Ger FitzGibbon.   

Ger FitzGibbon


Chapter 15. Slump and Punk in Ray Scannell’s Losing Steam: Envisioning Corcadorca.

Anne Etienne

Chapter 16. Through A Glass, Darkly: Priests on the Contemporary Irish Stage.

Virginie Roche-Tiengo

Chapter 17. Populating the Irish Stage with (Dis)Abled Bodies: Sanctuary by Christian O’Reilly and the Blue Teapot Company.

Katarzyna Ojrzyńska

Chapter 18. Queering the Irish Stage: Shame, Sexuality, and the Politics of Testimonial.

Cormac O’Brien

Chapter 19. A Gendered Absence: Feminist theatre, Glasshouse Productions, and the #WTF movement.         

Patricia O’Beirne