Contemporary Irish Plays Freefall; Forgotten; Drum Belly; Planet Belfast; Desolate Heaven; The Boys of Foley Street

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/26/2015
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

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Contemporary Irish Plays showcases the new drama that has emerged since 2008. Featuring a blend of established and emerging writers, the anthology shows how Irish writers are embracing new methods of theatre-making to explore exciting new themes while also finding new ways to come to terms with the legacies of the Troubles and the Celtic Tiger.

Freefall is a sharp, humorous and exhilarating look at the fragility of a human life, blending impressionistic beauty, poignancy and comedy.

Forgotten features the interconnecting stories of four elderly people living in retirement homes and care facilities around Ireland, who range in age from 80 to 100 years old.

Drum Belly is a fascinating play about the Irish mafia in late 1960s' New York. It premiered at the Abbey Theatre in 2012.

Previously unpublished, Planet Belfast by Rosemary Jenkinson is about a woman named Alice Stormont's only Green MLA who must toe a delicate line between large, sectarian power bases in order to promote an environmental agenda in Northern Ireland.

Desolate Heaven is a story about two young girls hoping to find freedom from home in the trappings of love. It was first performed at Theatre 503, London, in 2013

Written for the 2012 Dublin Theatre Festival, and previously unpublished, The Boys of Foley Street by Louise Lowe is a piece of site-specific theatre which led audience members on a tour of the backstreets of inner-city Dublin.

Edited by the leading scholar on Irish theatre, Patrick Lonergan, Contemporary Irish Plays is a timely reminder of the long-held tradition and strength of Irish theatre which blossoms even in its new-found circumstances.

Author Biography

Dr Patrick Lonergan is a lecturer in English at National University of Ireland, Galway. He writes about theatre for The Irish Times and Irish Theatre Magazine. His first book, Theatre and Globalization, was awarded the 2008 Theatre Book Prize. He has authored two Student Editions of plays by Martin McDonagh and is editor of The Methuen Drama Anthology of Irish Plays (2008).

Table of Contents

Introduction - Patrick Lonergan
Chronology: plays and events
The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant - Tom Murphy
Drum Belly - Richard Dormer
Planet Belfast - Rosemary Jenkinson
Forgotten - Pat Kinevane
Desolate Heaven - Ailis ni Riain
The Boys of Foley Street - Louise Lowe
Freefall - Michael West

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