The Urban Plays of the Early Abbey Theatre: Beyond O'Casey by Elizabeth Mannion

By Elizabeth Mannion

Ireland’s Abbey Theatre used to be based in 1904. below the assistance of W. B. Yeats and woman Augusta Gregory it grew to become instrumental to the good fortune of the various prime Irish playwrights and actors of the early 20th century.
Conventional knowledge holds that the playwright Sean O’Casey was once the 1st to supply a brand new imaginative and prescient of Irish authenticity within the humans and struggles of inner-city Dublin in his groundbreaking trilogy "The Shadow of a Gunman," "The Plough and the Stars," and "Juno and the Paycock." tough this view, Mannion argues that there has been a longtime culture of city performs in the Abbey repertoire that has lengthy been missed through critics. She seeks to revive consciousness to a lesser-known corpus of Irish city performs, in particular those who seemed on the Abbey Theatre from the theatre’s founding until eventually 1951, while the unique theatre was once destroyed by way of fireplace. Mannion illustrates special styles inside this Abbey city style and considers particularly topics of poverty, gender, and sophistication. She offers old context for the performs and considers the figures who assisted in shaping the Abbey and this city subset of performs. With exact research of field workplace files and vast appendixes of forged contributors and creation schedules, this booklet bargains a wealthy resource of archival fabric in addition to a desirable revision to the tale of this celebrated institution.

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