Verse in contemporary Irish theatre

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Lech, K. 2018. Verse in contemporary Irish theatre. in: Jordan, E. and Weitz, E. (ed.) The Palgrave handbook of contemporary Irish theatre and performance pp. 599-613
AuthorsLech, K.
EditorsJordan, E. and Weitz, E.
Abstract

The chapter looks at a renewed interest in verse in twenty-first century Irish theatre. Through text and performance analysis, it examines how theatremakers in Ireland have explored the potential of verse, and forms of communication that approximate the linguistic energy of verse, in a wide selection of dramatic texts and theatrical performances: new writings, musicals, devised performances and innovative stagings and translations of classics. The artists discussed include Seamus Heaney, Mark O’Rowe, Stefanie Preissner, Polish Theatre Ireland, Emmet Kirwan, Arthur Riordan, Corcadorca and Rough Magic. By engaging with works in verse by theatremakers of diverse theatrical backgrounds and career levels, the chapter sheds light on their exciting practices in verse as a theatrical platform for experimentation and exploration of politics, aesthetics and soundscapes of contemporary Ireland.

KeywordsVerse ; Verse drama; Hip Hop; Seamus Heaney,; Mark O’Rowe; Stefanie Preissner,; Polish theatre Ireland; Emmet Kirwan; Arthur Riordan,; Corcadorca; Rough Magic
Page range599-613
Year2018
Book titleThe Palgrave handbook of contemporary Irish theatre and performance
ISBN9781137585882
Publication process dates
Deposited13 Jan 2021
Official URLhttps://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137585875
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