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Adaptation in Theatre and Performance

Adaptation and Nation

Theatrical Contexts for Contemporary English and Irish Drama

Authors: Rees, Catherine

  • Offers a lively and focused exploration of the work of some of contemporary British and Irish theatre's key figures
  • Questions received understanding of adaptation through csrefully selected case studies
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach to analysis
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About this book

This book focuses on modern theatrical adaptations that rework classic plays in new British and Irish settings. It explores these shifted national contexts and examines what they might reveal about the political and cultural climate of the new setting. In examining the modern setting alongside the country of the original text, it also reveals fascinating resonances between two different national contexts. The book discusses five British and Irish playwrights and their current adaptations, examining well-known dramatists such as Martin McDonagh, Sarah Kane and Brian Friel, while analysing some of their less well-known plays, offering a novel examination of the adaptation process. The book further provides an insightful commentary on some significant events of the twentieth century in Britain and Ireland, such as the historic Labour victory of 1945 and scandals in the Royal Family since the 1990s. This book will appeal to theatre and performance enthusiasts, as well as students and scholars of both theatre and adaptation.

About the authors

Catherine Rees is Lecturer in Drama at Loughborough University, UK.  She works primarily on contemporary British and Irish playwrights, and has published on Martin McDonagh, Sarah Kane and Harold Pinter.  She is especially interested in questions of nationalism, gender and political theatre.  

Reviews

“This is an excellent contribution to our understanding of both adaptation and national identity in contemporary British and Irish theatre. It is clearly written, coherently argued, theoretically savvy, and full of detailed analyses of a wide range of examples. Anyone interested in the profound question of how one culture both celebrates and appropriates another will benefit from reading it.” (Aleks Sierz, author of In-Yer-Face Theatre and Rewriting the Nation)

“Catherine Rees offers a lucid and provocative exploration of how theatrical adaptations, translations and versions engage in political representations which offer a complex hybridisation of a bygone generative event and each new moment of performance. This is a salutary and vital task at a juncture when various rhetorics of nationality are subtly shifting, even as they purport to invoke and promise stability. Rees draws our attentions to the how theatrical dynamics are importantly unfixed and unfixing, a dance of signs which expresses a deeper cultural vitality than what may seem most obviously on offer.” (David Ian Rabey, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, Aberystwyth University, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: “Adapt[N]ation”

    Rees, Catherine

    Pages 1-24

  • Brian Friel: Translating/Adapting Russia onto the Irish Stage

    Rees, Catherine

    Pages 25-51

  • Marina Carr: Classical Tragedy for Modern Ireland

    Rees, Catherine

    Pages 53-80

  • Sarah Kane: Ancient and Contemporary Royal Tragedies

    Rees, Catherine

    Pages 81-107

  • Patrick Marber: The Politics of Sexuality in the Reimagining of European Classics

    Rees, Catherine

    Pages 109-138

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-42587-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-42586-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Adaptation and Nation
Book Subtitle
Theatrical Contexts for Contemporary English and Irish Drama
Authors
Series Title
Adaptation in Theatre and Performance
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-42587-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-42587-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-42586-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 185
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