Acting Between the Lines: The Field Day Theatre Company and Irish Cultural Politics, 1980-1984

Hardcover | March 1, 1995

byMarilynn J. Richtarik

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Acting Between the Lines is the first full-length study of Northern Ireland's Field Day Theatre Company. Since its creation in 1980 by actor Stephen Rea (The Crying Game) and playwright Brian Friel (Translations, Dancing at Lughnasa), Field Day has established itself as one of the most important elements in contemporary Irish culture. From its base in Northern Ireland, the Company has broughtchallenging drama to the entire island, 'from Coleraine to Kerry'. With the addition to its board of directors of poets and critics such as Tom Paulin, Seamus Heaney, Seamus Deane, and broadcaster David Hammond, Field Day has ventured into the realm of the more explicitly political with acontroversial pamphlet series. Marilynn Richtarik has written a fascinating introduction to Field Day, providing a senstive analysis of the complex interrelationship of Irish history, politics, and culture.

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Acting Between the Lines is the first full-length study of Northern Ireland's Field Day Theatre Company. Since its creation in 1980 by actor Stephen Rea (The Crying Game) and playwright Brian Friel (Translations, Dancing at Lughnasa), Field Day has established itself as one of the most important elements in contemporary Irish culture....

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Acting Between the Lines is the first full-length study of Northern Ireland's Field Day Theatre Company.

Marilynn J. Richtarik is at University of British Columbia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:364 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:March 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198182473

ISBN - 13:9780198182474

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`There is a brief but very concise, useful and necessary expose of the political, social and economic circumstances that made Derry the focal point of the early troubles. She ... approaches the Field Day phenomenon with documentary zeal ... Her analyses of the plays are excellent both asdramatic creations in themselves and in the way they touch on issues that relate to the Field Day project. There is a particularly valuable examination of the different responses of audiences and critics watching a performance of Translations in Northern Ireland, the Republic and Britain.'Ulf Dantanus, Irish University Review, 26.1 (Spring/Summer 1996)