New Publication: Populating the Stage

Perspectives on Contemporary Irish Theatre:

Populating the Stage

Edited by Anne Etienne and Thierry Dubost.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

ISBN 978-3-319-59710-2

320 pages.


This book addresses the notion posed by Thomas Kilroy in his definition of a playwright’s creative process: ‘We write plays, I feel, in order to populate the stage’. It gathers eclectic reflections on contemporary Irish theatre from both Irish theatre practitioners and international academics. The eighteen contributions offer innovative perspectives on Irish theatre since the early 1990s up to the present, testifying to the development of themes explored by emerging and established playwrights as well as to the (r)evolutions in practices and approaches to the stage that have taken place in the last thirty years.
This cross-disciplinary collection devotes as much attention to contextual questions and approaches to the stage in practice as it does to the play text in its traditional and revised forms. The essays and interviews encourage dialectic exchange between analytical studies on contemporary Irish theatre and contributions by theatre practitioners.



Foreword, by Thomas Kilroy

Chapter 1. Introduction

Anne Etienne and Thierry Dubost




Chapter 2. Innovation meets Evocation: Tom Mac Intyre’s plays at the Peacock Theatre.

Marie Kelly


Chapter 3. From Dementia to Utopia: Tragedy and Transcendence in Frank McGuinness’s The Hanging Gardens.

Matthieu Kolb


Chapter 4. Women and Scarecrows: Marina Carr’s Stage Bodies.

Mary Noonan


Chapter 5. McDonagh’s True, Lonesome West.

Maria Isabel Seguro


Chapter 6. The physical and verbal theatre of Michael West.

Nicholas Grene


Chapter 7. A Dark Rosebud on the Irish Stage: Ailís Ní Ríain’s Tallest Man in the World.

Thierry Dubost



Chapter 8. Death of A Playwright

Geoff Gould


Chapter 9. Looking back and forward on sound design: Irish theatre transformed.

Cormac O’Connor


Chapter 10. Lightning in a Bottle: the BrokenCrow Experiment.

Ronan FitzGibbon


Chapter 11. Interview with Bríd Ó Gallchoir

Anne Etienne and Thierry Dubost


Chapter 12. Interview with Pat Kinevane

Anne Etienne

Chapter 13. Interview with Mark O’Rowe

Thierry Dubost and Anne Etienne


Chapter 14. Enda Walsh, in conversation with Ger FitzGibbon.

Ger FitzGibbon




Chapter 15. Slump and Punk in Ray Scannell’s Losing Steam: Envisioning Corcadorca.

Anne Etienne


Chapter 16. Through A Glass, Darkly: Priests on the Contemporary Irish Stage.

Virginie Roche-Tiengo


Chapter 17. Populating the Irish Stage with (Dis)Abled Bodies: Sanctuary by Christian O’Reilly and the Blue Teapot Company.

Katarzyna Ojrzyńska


Chapter 18. Queering the Irish Stage: Shame, Sexuality, and the Politics of Testimonial.

Cormac O’Brien


Chapter 19. A Gendered Absence: Feminist theatre, Glasshouse Productions, and the #WTF movement.      

Patricia O’Beirne