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Introduced 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 Details

ISBN: 9781408106785
ISBN-10: 1408106787
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 27mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 4-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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