Edited by Eamonn Jordan
Irish Theatre was never more successful than at present, yet at
the same time never more in need of rigorous evaluation. Many of
the plays by Brian Friel, Thomas Murphy, Thomas Kilroy, Frank McGuinness,
Anne Devlin, Sebastian Barry, Conor McPherson, Martin McDonagh,
Marina Carr, Billy Roche, and Marie Jones have been critically acclaimed
and won substantial awards.
In addition, Irish directors, designers, actors and administrators
have worked at some of the best theatres in the world and with some
of the most talented professionals available.
In this comprehensive collection of essays, playwrights, directors,
journalists, theatre practitioners, critics and academics, from
many different countries and backgrounds, give their perceptive
points of view. Each contributor takes an approach which is passionate,
idiosyncratic, astute, provocative and refreshing. All of the writing,
in one way or another, hints at the demands, magic, urgency and
ephemeral qualities of good theatre.
This extremely valuable collection of accessible essays will promote
discussion and is a timely and welcome addition to the critical
debate on Irish drama.
intelligent, accessible and well presented, Theatre Stuff is an
important contribution to the study of contemporary Ireland. It
shows that Irish theatre is …exciting, bravely experimental, and
Review of Theatre Stuff by Dr. Patrick Lonergan NUI Galway
Nua: Studies in Contemporary Irish Writing
Stuff … is a gift to students of Irish drama…Together, these
essays re-invigorate Irish theatre studies, suggesting new angles of
approach, broadening the vocabulary in which we are able to consider
our subject …Theatre Stuff is good stuff.'
from Reinvigorating Irish Theatre Studies by Helen Lojek
of Irish drama was given a new lease of life in 2000 by the advent
of a new, indigenous theatre studies press, Carysfort Press . . .
Theatre Stuff is an excellent guide to the state of Irish
theatre today - it mixes practitioners with academics and critics,
and it holds out the promise of more exciting work to come from
from a review
by Colin Graham
Work in English Studies, vol. 81, No. 14, 2002