Adaptation, devising and collective creation: tracing histories of Pat McCabe’s The Butcher Boy on stage

O'Gorman, Siobhan (2018) Adaptation, devising and collective creation: tracing histories of Pat McCabe’s The Butcher Boy on stage. In: Adaptation as a collaborative art: process and practice. Adaptation in Theatre and Performance . Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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This chapter draws on conceptions of devising and collective creation to promote a renewed understanding of different processes of adaptation, the diverse modes of collaboration involved, and the various intersectional points at which conventionally designated and usually hierarchical roles associated with such forms as theatre overlap and bleed into each other. It suggests that the fruitful blend of adaptation and devising, which has been ongoing for some time in theatre practice, also could inform the ways in which we theorise adaptation as collaborative art more broadly. The chapter explores these ideas using as case studies different productions of the stage adaptation of Pat McCabe’s The Butcher Boy (1992) which has been overshadowed in adaptation studies by the 1997 film version.

Keywords:Adaptation, Devising, Theatre, Irish culture, Irish Studies, Drama
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V211 Irish History
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
W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:24270
Deposited On:26 Sep 2016 08:20

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