“Hers and his”: Carolyn Swift, Alan Simpson, and collective creation at Dublin’s Pike Theatre

O'Gorman, Siobhán (2016) “Hers and his”: Carolyn Swift, Alan Simpson, and collective creation at Dublin’s Pike Theatre. In: Women, Collective Creation, and Devised Performance. Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 121-138. ISBN 9781137550132

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This chapter contextualizes Dublin’s Pike Theatre Club within a history of collective creation in Ireland. Carolyn Swift and Alan Simpson opened the Pike’s premises (a converted coach house on Herbert Lane) in 1953. The Pike aimed to become, and succeeded in becoming, a revolutionary force in Irish theatre and can be seen as part of “a ‘new wave’ of theatrical experimentation that was also taking place in [1950s’] London and Paris.” Today, the Pike is commonly remembered for introducing Irish audiences to challenging international plays, at a time in Ireland of tensions between Catholic, cultural isolationism and resistance to established nationalist ideals. This chapter argues that issues of gender, authorship, authority, and attribution have impacted on the historical positioning of the Pike, revealing collective creation as central to its working processes and showcasing often unacknowledged aspects of Swift’s role in the theatre.

Keywords:Theatre
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W460 Theatre Design
W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W430 Producing for Theatre
W Creative Arts and Design > W420 Directing for Theatre
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:23275
Deposited On:06 Jun 2016 14:59

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