Based on research conducted with Dr Richard Hayes this lecture considered how regional theatre companies that emerged during the 1980s constituted a new force in Irish theatre practice. This lecture considered theatre practice emanating from regional centres during that period and how arts policy and practice in the Republic of Ireland reflected a debate around autonomy that involved complex negotiations around the national de-centralization of power and wealth. The lecture considered theatre practice island-wide, and focuses on the play The Gods are Angry, Miss Kerr (1985) by Waterford playwright Jim Nolan for the Waterford-based Red Kettle Theatre Company as a means of considering some aspects of the history of Irish theatre of the period.
18 Feb 2018
Wexford Library Service, Wexford County Council, Ireland