Perspectives on Contemporary Irish Theatre

Populating the Stage

  • Anne Etienne
  • Thierry Dubost

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Anne Etienne, Thierry Dubost
    Pages 1-13
  3. Dramaturgical Approaches

  4. Practitioners’ Voices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Geoff Gould
      Pages 115-122
    3. Ronan FitzGibbon
      Pages 133-139
    4. Anne Etienne, Thierry Dubost, Bríd Ó Gallchoir
      Pages 141-151
    5. Anne Etienne, Pat Kinevane
      Pages 153-164
    6. Thierry Dubost, Anne Etienne, Mark O’Rowe
      Pages 165-173
    7. Ger FitzGibbon, Enda Walsh
      Pages 175-190
  5. Political and Societal Reflections on the Stage

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 291-301

About this book


This 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.v>


Modern Irish drama Thomas Kilroy Playwright Performance practice Enda Walsh Performance theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Anne Etienne
    • 1
  • Thierry Dubost
    • 2
  1. 1.University College CorkCorkIreland
  2. 2.Université de Caen NormandieCaenFrance

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