PERF08046 2017 Contemporary Irish Theatre

General Details

Full Title
Contemporary Irish Theatre
Transcript Title
Contemporary Irish Theatre
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - Performing Arts
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rhona Trench, Una Mannion
Programme Membership
SG_HWRIT_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Writing and Literature

This module explores the development of contemporary Irish theatre with particular reference to key creative practitioners, texts, and the programme of productions currently running at the time of module delivery. Through regular theatre visits and talks with guest practitioners (designers, directors, playwrights, actors, etc), learners gain understanding of creative directions and challenges in contemporary Irish theatre. In seminars current scholarship and critical methodologies in relation to the study of the texts explored, from postcolonial, feminist, and historicist to generic and performative. Playwrights might include Marina Carr, Thomas Kilroy, Conor McPherson, Thomas Murphy, Enda Walsh, Martin McDonagh, for example; directors might include Patrick Mason, Gary Hynes, Lynne Parker, Michael Keegan Dolan; designers might include,  Monica Frawley, Frank Hallinan-Flood, Joe Vanek 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


undertake primary and secondary research in relation to theatre practice in Ireland


produce informed critical responses (oral and written) to performances and texts studied


design and deliver oral presentation on professional theatre practitioner or company in Ireland


demonstrate critical analysis and ability to apply critical methodolgies as interpretative strategies


produce academic essay capturing primary and secondary research undertaken, critical analysis and ability to synthesise and interpet findings


demonstrate professionalism and resourcefulness in undertaking primary research, communicating with external groups and presenting research in a public forum

Indicative Syllabus

Theatre practitioners in Ireland

playwrights, designers, directors, theatre companies

Cultural identity

cultural nationalism, questions of Irishness and instability of referent, memory, subjectivity

Contemporary cultural concerns

post-colonialism, recession, addiction, Catholic CHurch, emigration, immigration, gender & sexuality, post-colonialism 

Critical methodologies

feminism, historicism, post-colonialism, performance and genre theories

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project research on practitioner(s) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,6
2 Essay research Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 1,2,4,5,6
3 Continuous Assessment seminar responses Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 2,4,6
4 Performance Evaluation participation/contribution Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 1,2,4,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Cultural Trip Not Specified guest lecturer 2 Fortnightly 1.00
Seminar Flat Classroom learner and lecturer led interactive sessions 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bradley, Anthony and Valiulis, Maryann Gialanella, (eds.), Gender and Sexuality in Modern Ireland (U.S.: University of Massachusetts Press, 1997)

Brady, Sara and Walsh, Fintan, Crossroads: Performance Studies and Irish Culture, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2009)

Bolger, Dermot (ed.) Druids, Dudes and Beauty Queen's: The Changing Face of Irish Theatre (Dublin: Arts Council, 2001)

Brown, Terence, Ireland: A Social and Cultural History 1922-1985 (London: Fontana Press, 1985)

Chambers, Lillian and Jordan, Eamonn, (eds.), The Theatre of Conor McPherson: Right beside the Beyond, (Duiblin: Carysfort Press, 2012)

Chambers, Lillian, Fitzgibbon, Ger & Jordan, Eamonn, (eds.), Theatre Talk: Voices of Irish Theatre Practitioners, (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2001)

Coulter, Colin and Coleman, Steve (eds.) The End of History?: Critical Reflections on the Celtic Tiger (Manchester University Press, 2003)

Creegan, David, Frank McGuinness's Dramaturgy of Difference and the Irish Theatre, (Peter Lang 2010)

Creegan, David (ed.) Deviant Acts : Essays on Queer Performance, (Dubin: Carysfort Press, 2009)

De Valera, Eamon, Speeches and Statements by Eamon de Valera, 1917-73, (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1980)

Etherton, Michael, Contemporary Irish Dramatists (Basingstoke: Macmillan Education, 1989)

Frazier, Adrian, Behind the Scenes: Yeats, Horniman and the Struggle for the Abbey Theatre (Berkeley: California University Press, 1990)

Furay, Julia and O'Hanlon, Redmond  (eds.) Critical Moments: Fintan O'Toole on Modern Irish Theatre (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2003)

Graham, Colin, Deconstructing Ireland: Identity, Theory, Culture (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2001)

Gregory, Augusta, Lady Our Irish Theatre: A Chapter of Autobiography (Gerrards Cross: Smythe, 1972)

Grene, Nicholas, The Politics of Irish Drama: plays in context from Boucicault to Friel (Cambridge University Press, 1999)

Harrington, John P. (ed.) Modern Irish Drama (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1991)

Jordan, Eamonn, Dissident Dramaturgies, (Contemporary Irish Theatre, (Irish Academic Press, 2010)

Jordan, Eamonn (ed.) Theatre Stuff: Critical Essays on Contemporary Irish Theatre (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2000)

Kirkpatrick, Kathryn, (ed.) Border Crossings: Irish Women Writers and National Identities (University of Alabama Press, 2000)

Leeney, Cathy and McMullan, Anna, (eds.), The Theatre of Marina Carr "before rules was made", (Dublin: Caryfort Press, 2003)

Leeney, Cathy, Irish Women Playwrights 1900-1939 Gender and Violence on Stage, (New York: Peter Lang, 2010)

Lewellyn-Jones, Margaret, Contemporary Irish Drama & Cultural Identity (Bristol: Intellect, 2002)

Lonergan, Patrick, Theatre and Globalisation: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Lonergan, Patrick and O'Dwyer, Riana (eds.), Echoes Down the Corridor, (Dublin: Caryfort Press, 2007)

Maples, Holly, Culture War: Conflict, Commemoration and the Contemporary Abbey Theatre, (Peter Lang, 2011)

Murray, Christopher, Twentieth Century Irish Drama: Mirror to a Nation (Manchester University Press, 1997)

Murphy, Paul, Hegemony and Fantasy in Irish Drama, 1899-1949 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Richtarik, Marilynn J., Acting between the Lines: The Field Day Theatre Company (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1994)

Richards, Shaun, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Irish Drama, (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Sihra, Melissa (ed.), Women in Irish Drama: A Century of Authorship and Representation, (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)

Sweeney, Bernadette, Performing the Body in Irish Theatre, (UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Trench, Rhona, Bloody Living: The Loss of Selfhood in the Plays of Marina Carr (Peter Lang, 2010)

Trench, Rhona, Staging Thought: Essays on Irish Theatre, Scholarship and Practice, (Peter Lang 2011)

Walsh, Fintan, Queer Notions: New Plays and Performances from Ireland, (Dubin: Carysfort Press, 2010)

Weitz, Eric (ed.), The Power of Laughter: Comedy and Contemporary Irish Theatre, (Dublin; Carysfort Press, 2004)

Weitz, Eric, The Cambridge Introduction to Comedy, (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Other Resources

Guest speakers integral to the delivery of this module

Additional Information