Writing from the margins: Marina Carr’s early theatre

O'Gorman, Siobhán (2014) Writing from the margins: Marina Carr’s early theatre. Irish Studies Review, 22 (4). pp. 25-42. ISSN 0967-0882

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This article analyses Marina Carr’s first four plays: Low in the Dark (1989), The Deer’s Surrender (1990), This Love Thing (1991) and Ullaloo (1991). It aims to show how Carr seeks to eschew the mimetic conventions of what can be seen as a dominant, patriarchal theatre establishment, marking (and possibly maintaining) her marginal position as a theatre-maker at the time. I argue that Carr, at this point in her career, was engaged in distinctly feminist theatre practices. Materialist feminist discourse provides a useful framework for understanding what the emergent dramatist was trying to achieve and the meaningful possibilities her work. A study of this phase of Carr’s career, encompassing all four works preceding The Mai, has not been offered in research on the dramatist to date. In addition to expanding the history of feminist theatre practice in Ireland, it promotes an enriched understanding of Carr’s theatre as a whole.

Keywords:Devising, Irish culture, feminist theatre, NotOAChecked
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
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Deposited On:18 Apr 2016 14:04

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