Description - The Methuen Drama Anthology of Irish Plays by Brendan Behan
The Methuen Drama Anthology of Irish Plays brings together five major works from the Irish dramatic canon of the last sixty years. Introduced by Patrick Lonergan, it represents a scintillating collection for study and appreciation in a value-for-money compendium. 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, winnner 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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Author Biography - Brendan Behan
Brendan Behan (1923-64) found fame and notoriety with his work andRepublican sympathies. Christina Reid, from Belfast, came to prominencein the 1980s. Tom Murphy's many plays are collected into 5 volumes byMethuen Drama; his most recent play opened in Dublin in 2006. MartinMcDonagh's first play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, was the 1996 winner of the George Devine Award and the Evening StandardAward for Most Promising Newcomer. Sebastian Barry is a poet, dramatistand novelist. Patrick Lonergan is professor of English at the NationalUniversity of Ireland.