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18. Irish Theatre 4.18 - -Playboy of the Western World...

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Irish Theatre 1. Nationalism and National Identity British presence in Ireland very prominent New Settlers from Britain = Protestant Original irish = mostly Catholic United Irishmen Rising – Expressed the desire to break away from the U.K. and become and independent nation again Through the Act of Union, Ireland was made a part of the U.K. 2. Irish Culture Revival Cultural nationalism expressed an attempted unification of Ireland Irish Gaelic (language) original language of Irish spoken only in extreme western regions View of peasants as being the “true Irish,” people who are in touch with their nation and its origins Ireland is split between those who want to maintain ties with the U.K. and those want to be an independent Ireland (nationalists). Irish National Theatre Society / Abbey Theatre Founded in 1899 by William Butler Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory Abbey Theatre opens 1904 Closely connected to leaders in the National movement National theatre
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Unformatted text preview: -Playboy of the Western World riots 1907 Cathleen Ni Houlihan: Yeats and Gregory (1904) First play produced at the Abbey Set at beginning of 1798 rising Woman as Ireland Call to arms for young men Legacies of the Abbey Remains the major theatre in Ireland Importance of playwrights, more than the actors, and scripts Plays continue to be produced Themes of Irishness Major Themes / Ideas of Troubles Theatre Representations of current violence-Devlin: Ourselves Alone (1985) Historical – How did we get here?-McGuinness: Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (1985) Metaphorical-Brenton: Romans in Britain (1986) Field Day Company (1980-1995) Founded by Brian Friel (writer) and Stephen Rea (actor) “The Fifth Providence” – Unified and heal the problems Published non-theatrical texts Criticisms – That they’re exclusively males, nationalists, and Catholics....
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