The Methuen Drama Anthology of Irish Plays
"Hostage", "Bailegangaire", "Belle of the Belfast City;","Steward of Christendom","Cripple of Inishmaan"
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Methuen Drama Anthology of Irish Plays by Brendan Behan
Book DescriptionIntroduced by Patrick Lonergan, The Methuen Drama Anthology of Irish Plays brings together five major works from the Irish dramatic canon of the last sixty years in one outstanding collection. Behan's The Hostage, depicting the capture and death of a British soldier by the IRA, was first produced by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in 1958 and was declared 'a masterpiece' by The Times. Murphy's Bailegangaire (1985) portrays a senile old woman's recitation of an epic tale to her two granddaughters who struggle to free themselves from her and exorcise the past. Reid's The Belle of the Belfast City, winner of the George Devine Award in 1986, examines the tensions present in three generations of women in a Belfast-Protestant family during the week of an anti-Anglo-Irish rally. Sebastian Barry's The Steward of Christendom won the London Critics' Circle Award for Best Play 1995 and was heralded by the Guardian as 'an authentic masterpiece'. McDonagh's 1996 play The Cripple of Inishmaan is a strange comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling. McDonagh was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781408106785
(198mm x 129mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 4-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Brendan Behan
After the Wake, Paperback (November 1983)
This diverse collection is a delightful and entertaining windfall from one of Ireland's most colourful writers. An essential complement to Behan's master works.
Behan Complete Plays, Paperback (August 1978)» View all books by Brendan Behan
This work brings together all the theatrical works of the groundbreaking Irish playwright Brendan Behan. As well as containing his famous full-length plays, such as "The Hostage", the book also showcases three intensely autobiographical one-act plays, originally written for radio.
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Author Biography - Brendan Behan
Brendan Behan (1923-64) found fame and notoriety with his work and Republican sympathies. Christina Reid, from Belfast, came to prominence in the 1980s. Tom Murphy's many plays are collected into 5 volumes by Methuen Drama; his most recent play opened in Dublin in 2006. Martin McDonagh's first play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, was the 1996 winner of the George Devine Award and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Sebastian Barry is a poet, dramatist and novelist. Patrick Lonergan is professor of English at the National University of Ireland.
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