The Abbey Theatre, 1899-1999
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By (author) Robert Welch
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Abbey Theatre, 1899-1999 by Robert Welch
Book DescriptionA century ago this year, productions of W. B. Yeats's The Countess Cathleen and Edward Martyn's The Heather Field inaugurated the Irish Literary Theatre, which was to take its name from its home in Abbey Street, Dublin. Despite riot, fire, and critical controversy, the Abbey Theatre has housed Ireland's National Theatre ever since: at once the catalyst and focus for the almost unprecedented renaissance of drama witnessed by Ireland in the twentieth century. This is the first history of the Abbey to discuss the plays and the personalities in their underlying historical and political context, to give due weight to the theatre's work in Irish, and to take stock of its artistic and financial development up to the present. The research for the book draws extensively on archive sources, especially the manuscript holdings on the Abbey at the National Library of Ireland. Many outstanding plays are examined, with detailed analysis of their form and their affective and emotional content; and persistent themes in the Abbey's output are identified - visions of an ideal community; the revival of Irish; the hunger for land and money; the restrictions of a society undergoing profound change. But these are integrated with accounts of the Abbey's people, from Yeats, Martyn, and Lady Gregory, whose brainchild it was, to the actors, playwrights, directors, and managers who have followed - among them the Fays, Synge, O'Casey, Murray, Robinson, Shiels, Johnston, Murphy, Molloy, Friel, McGuiness, Deevy, Carr, and many others. The role of directors and policy-makers, and the struggle for financial security, subsidy, and new-style 'partnerships', is discussed as a crucial part of the theatre's continuing evolution.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199261352
(235mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert Welch
Abbey Theatre, 1899-1999, Hardback (October 1999)
This history of the Abbey discusses the plays and the personalities in their underlying historical and political context, to give due weight to the theatre's work in Irish, and to take stock of its artistic and financial development up to the end of the millennium.
Oxford Companion to Irish Literature, Hardback (March 1996)
The literature of Ireland displays an exceptional richness and diversity - whether in Irish or English, by native Irish and Anglo-Irish writers or by outsiders. In over 2000 entries, this Companion surveys the Irish literary landscape across some 16 centuries.
Changing States, Paperback (May 1993)» View all books by Robert Welch
Robert Welch examines the work of major modern Irish writers, including Yeats, Joyce, Beckett and Heaney, and draws attention to the aspects of modern Irish literature that make it so distinctive and powerful.
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