Fifty Key Irish Plays

Fifty Key Irish Plays

Author: Shaun Richards

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000631272

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Fifty Key Irish Plays charts the progression of modern Irish drama from Dion Boucicault’s entry on to the global stage of the Irish diaspora to the contemporary dramas created by the experiences of the New Irish. Each chapter provides a brief plot outline along with informed analysis and, alert to the cultural and critical context of each play, an account of the key roles that they played in the developing story of Irish drama. While the core of the collection is based on the critical canon, including work by J. M. Synge, Lady Gregory, Teresa Deevy, and Brian Friel, plays such as Tom Mac Intyre’s The Great Hunger and ANU Productions’ Laundry, which illuminate routes away from the mainstream, are also included. With a focus on the development of form as well as theme, the collection guides the reader to an informed overview of Irish theatre via succinct and insightful essays by an international team of academics. This invaluable collection will be of particular interest to undergraduate students of theatre and performance studies and to lay readers looking to expand their appreciation of Irish drama.

Fifty Key Figures in Queer US Theatre

Fifty Key Figures in Queer US Theatre

Author: Jimmy A. Noriega

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000638882

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 270

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Whether creating Broadway musicals, experimental dramas, or outrageous comedies, the performers, directors, playwrights, designers, and producers profiled in this collection have contributed to the representation of LGBTQ lives and culture in a variety of theatrical venues, both within the queer community and across the US theatrical landscape. Moving from the era of the Stonewall Riots to today, notable scholars in the field bring a wide variety of queer theatre artists into conversation with each other, exploring connections and differences in race, gender, physical ability, national origin, class, generation, aesthetic modes, and political goals, creating a diverse and inclusive study of 50 years of queer theatre. For readers seeking an introduction to or a deeper understanding of LGBTQ theatre, this volume offers thought-provoking analyses of theatre-makers both celebrated and lesser-known, mainstream and subversive, canonical and new.

Fifty Key Figures in Twentieth Century British Politics

Fifty Key Figures in Twentieth Century British Politics

Author: Keith Layborn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134588732

Category: History

Page: 266

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This guidebook provides a complete overview of the lives and influence of fifty major figures in modern British political history. Reflecting the changes within British society and politics over the past century, the entries chart the development of key contemporary issues such as women's rights, immigration and the emergence of New Labour. Figures covered include: * Winston Churchill * Tony Blair * Emmeline Pankhurst * David Lloyd George * Margaret Thatcher * John Maynard Keynes * Enoch Powell * Barbara Castle With cross-referenced entries and helpful suggestions for further reading, this book is an essential guide for all those with an interest in understanding the dominating issues of modern British politics.

Fifty Key British Films

Fifty Key British Films

Author: Sarah Barrow

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134081233

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 274

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In Fifty Key British Films, Britain's best known films such as Clockwork Orange, The Full Monty and Goldfinger are scrutinised for their outstanding ability to articulate the issues of the time. This is essential reading for anyone interested in quality, cult film.

Private Goes Public: Self-Narrativisation in Brian Friel's Plays

Private Goes Public: Self-Narrativisation in Brian Friel's Plays

Author: Gaby Frey

Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag

ISBN: 9783772055348

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 261

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In Brian Friel's writing, the distinction between public and private is closely linked to the concepts of home, family, identity and truth. This study examines the characters' excessive introspection and their deep-seated need to disclose their most intimate knowledge and private truths to define who they are and, thus, to oppose dominant discourse or avoid heteronomy. This study begins by investigating how a number of Anglo-Irish writers publicised their characters' private versions of truth thereby illustrating what they perceived to be the space of 'Irishness'. The book then focuses on Friel's techniques of sharing his character's private views to demonstrate how he adopted and adapted these practices in his own oeuvre. As the characters' superficial inarticulateness and their vivid inner selves are repeatedly juxtaposed in Friel's texts, his oeuvre, quintessentially, displays a great unease with the concepts of communication and absolute truth.

Fifty Key Stage Musicals

Fifty Key Stage Musicals

Author: Robert W. Schneider

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000555189

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 324

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This volume in the Routledge Key Guides series provides a round-up of the fifty musicals whose creations were seminal in altering the landscape of musical theater discourse in the English-speaking world. Each entry summarises a show, including a full synopsis, discussion of the creators' process, show's critical reception, and its impact on the landscape of musical theater. This is the ideal primer for students of musical theater – its performance, history, and place in the modern theatrical world – as well as fans and lovers of musicals.

Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics

Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics

Author: Margaret Thomas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136707506

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 327

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What was the first language, and where did it come from? Do all languages have properties in common? What is the relationship of language to thought? Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics explores how fifty of the most influential figures in the field have asked and have responded to classic questions about language. Each entry includes a discussion of the person’s life, work and ideas as well as the historical context and an analysis of his or her lasting contributions. Thinkers include: Aristotle Samuel Johnson Friedrich Max Müller Ferdinand de Saussure Joseph H. Greenberg Noam Chomsky Fully cross-referenced and with useful guides to further reading, this is an ideal introduction to the thinkers who have had a significant impact on the subject of Language and Linguistics.

Props

Props

Author: Eleanor Margolies

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781137413376

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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This diverse book brings together theoretical and practical viewpoints on objects in performance, how they can be part of theatre scenery, equal partners in performance, or autonomous things. Through close analysis of specific performances, Eleanor Margolies examines actor training, scenography, materials, construction techniques and object theatre. The text investigates a number of critical questions, including: what the difference is between a theatre prop and an everyday object; how audiences respond to the various ways that props are used by actors and designers; and whether devising with 'stuff' affect the making process or the attitudes to materiality embodied in performance. With discussions of papier mâché and collapsing chairs, fake food and stage blood, Props is an essential sourcebook for students, practitioners and researchers of theatre, design and prop-making.

Psychophysical Acting

Psychophysical Acting

Author: Phillip B. Zarrilli

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134313358

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 258

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Psychophysical Acting is a direct and vital address to the demands of contemporary theatre on today’s actor. Drawing on over thirty years of intercultural experience, Phillip Zarrilli aims to equip actors with practical and conceptual tools with which to approach their work. Areas of focus include: an historical overview of a psychophysical approach to acting from Stanislavski to the present acting as an ‘energetics’ of performance, applied to a wide range of playwrights: Samuel Beckett, Martin Crimp, Sarah Kane, Kaite O’Reilly and Ota Shogo a system of training though yoga and Asian martial arts that heightens sensory awareness, dynamic energy, and in which body and mind become one practical application of training principles to improvisation exercises. Psychophysical Acting is accompanied by Peter Hulton’s interactive DVD-ROM featuring exercises, production documentation, interviews, and reflection.

Interactions

Interactions

Author: Nicholas Grene

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 1904505368

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 418

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"For over fifty years, the Dublin Theatre Festival has been one of Ireland's most important cultural events, bringing countless new Irish plays to the world stage, while introducing Irish audiences to the most important international theatre companies and artists. With contributions from leading scholars and practitioners, Interactions explores and celebrates the Festival's achievements since 1957 featuring essays on major Irish writers, directors and theatre companies, as well as the impact of visiting directors and companies from abroad. This book includes specially commissioned memoirs from past organizers and observers of the Festival, offering a unique perspective on the controversies and successes that have marked the event's history. An especially valuable feature of the volume, also, is a complete listing of the shows that have appeared at the Festival from 1957 to 2008."--BOOK JACKET.

Fifty Modern and Contemporary Dramatists

Fifty Modern and Contemporary Dramatists

Author: Maggie B. Gale

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317596226

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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Fifty Modern and Contemporary and Dramatists is a critical introduction to the work of some of the most important and influential playwrights from the 1950s to the present day. The figures chosen are among the most widely studied by students of drama, theatre and literature and include such celebrated writers as: • Samuel Beckett • Caryl Churchill • Anna Deavere Smith • Jean Genet • Sarah Kane • Heiner Müller • Arthur Miller • Harold Pinter • Sam Shephard Each short essay is written by one of an international team of academic experts and offers a detailed analysis of the playwright’s key works and career. The introduction provides an historical and theatrical context to the volume, which provides an invaluable overview of modern and contemporary drama.