Seen and Heard
Edited by Cathy Leeny
These plays make a rich, funny, moving, and theatrically exhilarating
collection. In a diversity of stories, styles, and settings they
re-define the limits of Irish theatre for the new century. These
playwrights create an Irish theatre looking out to the world around
it, re-inventing our sense of the past, our connection with others,
and our unsettled present. They have all been seen, heard, and acclaimed
by Irish and British audiences in recent years. Now coming to you
in print, some bearing major awards.
Women in Arms | Mary Elizabeth Burke-Kennedy.
A highly entertaining and witty theatrical refiguring of stories
of Táin Bó Cúalinge and the great heroes and
heroines of ancient Ireland.
'Excitingly inventive evening - brought the ancient world to
sparkling life, with great verve,
imagination and energy.'
Couch | Síofra Campbell.
Love, desire, anxiety, and home furnishings in post-tiger Ireland;
a cool comedy of intimate ruthlessness and barter.
'Fresh, funny, totally urban - a true original. Campbell is one
Irish theatre magazine
I Know My Own Heart | Emma Donoghue.
The erotic adventures of Anne Lister, Regency rake of female persuasion;
a chronicle of her love for women, and of three in particular.
'Standing room only - a play to remember and something of a milestone.'
La Corbière | Anne Le Marquand Hartigan
A powerful, poetic ritual of remembrance for the lost underground
voices of war-torn Europe.
'Minimal, but to much profound effect - consistently absorbing and
The Lost Letters Of A Victorian Lady | Michelle Read
Highly comic, farcical romp over the minefield of Victorian sensibilities,
and Irish Republican sensitivities; this is epistolary drama run
'Hilarious, -- one of Ireland's best comic writers.'
In the Talking Dark | Dolores Walshe
Searing confrontation with racial bigotry, set in apartheid South
Africa. Resonates with present-day issues of race hatred.
'Written in fire -- blazes with passion and compassion.'
Seen and Heard – or at least Read.” Irish Lit. Supplement
“It’s great to see
[these plays] in print.” The Irish Times
'A landmark collection - challenging, inspiring and entertaining.
It is time for the map of Irish
theatre to be redrawn.'
Dr. Anna McMullan, School of Drama, Trinity College Dublin.