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Introduction to Irish Drama: Boucicault to Friel

Fri 8 June, 2pm
Running Time: 3 hours

Written almost 80 years apart, Dion Boucicault’s extremely popular melodrama The Octoroon (1859, on which Jacobs-Jenkins' adaptation An Octoroon is based) and Brian Friel’s masterpiece- Translations (1980) each tackle questions of power and resistance, colonisation, and the links between identity, history and language. With both plays being represented at the NT, this three-hour talk draws on each play to explore a century of Irish drama.

Led by Anna McMullan, with contributions from performers. Anna McMullan is Professor in Theatre at the University of Reading. She has published widely on contemporary Irish theatre, including Marina Carr, Brian Friel, and Samuel Beckett.

Tickets £30 (senior citizens £20, students/under 18s £7.50)

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