The Girls in the Big Picture: Gender in Contemporary Ulster Theatre

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Blackstaff Press, 2003 - Drama - 170 pages
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Ulster theatre, in common with many other institutions in the north of Ireland, has until recently offered a cold house to women and their concerns. Ingrained patriarchal attitudes, along with a resolute separateness from the mainstream of European drama, have made it difficult for plays with a feminist focus to make it to the stage.
In the last two decades the status quo has been energetically challenged by a number of talented women dramatists, including Marie Jones, Christina Reid and Anne Devlin, and radical alternatives have also been suggested by the work of Frank McGuinness. Far from the old hard insularity, their plays celebrate the sort of openness and courage that the north needs more than ever as it moves towards a more inclusive society.
In this revealing new study, Imelda Foley presents a penetrating analysis of the work of the all-women Charabanc theatre company, and of the plays of Jones, Reid, Devlin and McGuinness and argues that, with much less fuss and fanfare, they have effectively achieved many of the stated ambitions of both the Ulster Literary Theatre and Field Day.

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Christina Foley's revealing new study presents a penetrating analysis of the work of the all-women Charabanc theatre company and the effect it has had on opening up Northern Ireland to new voices and ideas.

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