Palgrave Studies in Comedy

The Comic Everywoman in Irish Popular Theatre

Political Melodrama, 1890-1925

Authors: Colleary, Susanne

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  • Offers new insights into Irish performance history, with a particular focus on the Irish female performance
  • Interrogates the relationship between the “patriotic plays” and the established theatrical canon
  • Includes original research drawn from a series of workshops and a performance of the author’s own script
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About this book

This book is a comprehensive study of comic women in performance as Irish Political Melodrama from 1890 to 1925. It maps out the performance contexts of the period, such as Irish “poor” theatre both reflecting and complicating narratives of Irish Identity under British Rule. The study investigates the melodramatic aesthetic within these contexts and goes on to analyse a selection of the melodramas by the playwrights J.W. Whitbread and P.J. Bourke. In doing so, the analyses makes plain the comic structures and intent that work across both character and action, foregrounding comic women at the centre of the discussion. Finally, the book applies a “practice as research” dimension to the study. Working through a series of workshops, rehearsals and a final performance, Colleary investigates comic identity and female performance through a feminist revisionist lens. She ultimately argues that the formulation of the Comic Everywoman as staged “Comic” identity can connect beyond the theatre to her “Everyday” self. This book is intended for those interested in theatre histories, comic women and in popular performance. 

About the authors

Susanne Colleary is a lecturer and theatre practitioner at Sligo Institute of Technology, Ireland, and is an adjunct lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of Performance and Identity in Irish Stand-Up Comedy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and has published on Irish theatre, stand-up comedy and television satire. She is also a guest reviewer and essayist for Arena Arts Show on RTÉ Radio One.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-02008-8
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Hardcover $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-02007-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Comic Everywoman in Irish Popular Theatre
Book Subtitle
Political Melodrama, 1890-1925
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Comedy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02008-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02008-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-02007-1
Series ISSN
2731-4332
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 130
Number of Illustrations
2 illustrations in colour
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