Popular Theatre in Ireland

  • Susanne CollearyEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comedy book series (PSCOM)


This chapter sketches the broad historical and socio-political contexts that inform the world of popular theatre in the years surrounding the 1916 Rising in Dublin. The work considers the Queen’s Theatre as the ‘Home of Irish Drama’ in relationship to its audiences and to the wider theatrical landscape in Dublin. The chapter then moves on to consider the melodramatic aesthetic and its uses in the Irish patriotic plays, in order to understand how the political plays worked as performance. It makes discussion of the cultural anxieties surrounding the plays then and now, and it signals out to the work of the remaining chapters, placing comic women in Irish popular performance as central to the study.


Queen’s Nationalism Political Theatre Melodrama Acting Audience 


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  1. 1.Institute of Technology SligoSligoIreland

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