The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh

Martin McDonagh is one of the world's most popular dramatists. This is a highly readable and illuminating analysis of his career to date that will appeal to the legions of fans of his stage plays and the films Six Shooter and In Bruges.

Author: Patrick Lonergan

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408136126

Category: Drama

Page: 304

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Martin McDonagh is one of the world's most popular dramatists. This is a highly readable and illuminating analysis of his career to date that will appeal to the legions of fans of his stage plays and the films Six Shooter and In Bruges. As a resource for students and practitioners it is unrivalled, providing an authoritative and enquiring approach to his work that moves beyond the tired discussions of national identity to offer a comprehensive critical exploration. Patrick Lonergan provides a detailed analysis of each of his plays and films, their original staging, critical reception, and the connections within and between the Leenane Trilogy, the Aran Islands plays and more recent work. It includes an interview with Garry Hynes, artistic director of Druid Theatre Company, and offers four critical essays on key features of McDonagh's work by leading international scholars: Joan Dean, Eamonn Jordan, Jose Lanters and Karen O'Brien. A series of further resources including a chronology, glossary, notes on McDonagh's use of language and a list of further reading makes this the perfect companion to one of the most exciting dramatists writing today.

Justice in the Plays and Films of Martin McDonagh

From Leenane to LA: The Theatre and Cinema of Martin McDonagh. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. Kurdi, Mária. 2006. “The Helen of Inishmaan Pegging Eggs: Gender, Sexuality and Violence.” In The Theatre of Martin McDonagh: A World of Savage ...

Author: Eamonn Jordan

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030304539

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 145

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This book interrogates the various manifestations of rival systems of justice in the plays and films of Martin McDonagh, in analysis informed by the critical writings of Michael J. Sandel, Steven Pinker, Julia Kristeva, and in particular Amartya Sen on violence, justice, equality and the law. In McDonagh’s works, failures to investigate adequately criminal actions are matched by multiple forced confessions and umpteen miscarriages of justice. The author explores McDonagh’s creative worlds as ones where distinctions between victim and perpetrator and guilt and innocence are precarious, where the burden of truth seldom reaches the threshold of beyond reasonable doubt and where the punishments and rewards of justice are applied randomly. This project considers the abject nature of justice in McDonagh’s writing, with the vast implications of justice being fragile, suspect, piecemeal, deviant, haphazard and random. Tentative forms of justice are tempered and then threatened by provocative, anarchic and abject humour. As the author argues, McDonagh’s writing cleverly circulates rival, incompatible and comparative systems of justice in order to substantiate the necessities and virtues of justice.

Theatre and the Macabre

4. O'Hagan, 'Martin McDonagh Interview', online. 5. O.Pilný, 'Martin McDonagh: Parody? Satire? Complacency?', Irish Studies Review, 12/2 (2004), 239. 6. Patrick Lonergan, The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh ...

Author: Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9781786838476

Category: Art

Page: 288

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The ‘macabre’, as a process and product, has been haunting the theatre – and more broadly, performance – for thousands of years. In its embodied meditations on death and dying, its thematic and aesthetic grotesquerie, and its sensory-rich environments, macabre theatre invites artists and audiences to trace the stranger, darker contours of human existence. In this volume, numerous scholars explore the morbid and gruesome onstage, from freak shows to the French Grand Guignol; from Hell Houses to German Trauerspiel; from immersive theatre to dark tourism, stopping along the way to look at phantoms, severed heads, dark rides, haunted mothers and haunting children, dances of death and dismembered bodies. From Japan to Australia to England to the United States, the global macabre is framed and juxtaposed to understand how the theatre brings us face to face with the deathly and the horrific.

The Theatre of Martin McDonagh

There are extensive ties between Martin McDonagh and these literary predecessors ; their portrayals of the people of ... I'm coming from a film fan's perspective on theatre ' ' Despite McDonagh's insistence on a literary background that ...

Author: Lilian Chambers

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 1904505198

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 468

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With such plays as The Beauty Queen (1996), The Cripple of Inishmaan (1997), The Lonesome West (1997), A Skull in Connemara (1997), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (2001), and The Pillowman (2003) Martin McDonagh has made a huge reputation for himself in ternationally, winning multiple awards for his work and enjoying universal critical acclaim. Most recently, he won an Oscar for his short film Six Shooter (2006). This collection of essays is a vital and significant response to the many challenges set by McDonagh for those involved in the production and reception of his work. The volume brings together critics and commentators from around the world, who assess the work from a diverse range of often provocative approaches. What is not surprising is the focus and commitment of the engagement, given the controversial and st Whether for or against, this is an essential read for all who wish to enter the complex debate about the Theatre of Martin McDonagh.

Adaptations Versions and Perversions in Modern British Drama

Rev. of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, by Martin McDonagh. New Yorker 13 March: 93-94. Lanterns, José 2007: 'The Identity Politics of Martin McDonagh'. ... Lonergan, Patrick 2012: The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh.

Author: Ignacio Ramos Gay

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443868693

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 182

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This book aims to explore which plays were deemed ‘suitable’ to be reworked for foreign or local stages; what transformations – linguistic, semiotic, theatrical – were undertaken so as to accommodate international audiences; how national literary traditions are forged, altered, and diluted by means of transnational adapting techniques; and, finally, to what extent the categorical boundaries between original plays and adaptations may be blurred on the account of such adjusting textual strategies. It brings together ten articles that scrutinise the linguistic, social, political and theatrical complexities inherent in the intercultural transference of plays. The approaches presented by the different contributors investigate modern British theatre as an instance of diachronic and synchronic transnational adaptations based upon a myriad of influences originating in, and projected upon, other national dramatic traditions. These traditions, rooted in relatively distant geographies and epochs, are traced so as to illustrate the split between the state-imposed identity and personal, subjective identity caused by cultural negotiations of the self in an age of globalism. International frontiers are thus pointed at in order to claim the need to be transcended in the process of cultural re-appropriation associated with theatre performance for international audiences.

Perspectives on Contemporary Irish Theatre

'Ireland in Two Minds: Martin McDonagh and Conor McPherson.' The Theatre of Martin McDonagh: A World of Savage Stories. Eds. Lilian Chambers and Eamonn Jordan. ... The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh. London: Methuen, 2012. Print.

Author: Anne Etienne

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319597102

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 301

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This book addresses the notion posed by Thomas Kilroy in his definition of a playwright’s creative process: ‘We write plays, I feel, in order to populate the stage’. It gathers eclectic reflections on contemporary Irish theatre from both Irish theatre practitioners and international academics. The eighteen contributions offer innovative perspectives on Irish theatre since the early 1990s up to the present, testifying to the development of themes explored by emerging and established playwrights as well as to the (r)evolutions in practices and approaches to the stage that have taken place in the last thirty years. This cross-disciplinary collection devotes as much attention to contextual questions and approaches to the stage in practice as it does to the play text in its traditional and revised forms. The essays and interviews encourage dialectic exchange between analytical studies on contemporary Irish theatre and contributions by theatre practitioners.

Adaptation and Nation

Theatrical Contexts for Contemporary English and Irish Drama Catherine Rees ... so we can see that theatre and film are generated in the same way as national identities can be. ... The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh.

Author: Catherine Rees

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137425874

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 185

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This book focuses on modern theatrical adaptations that rework classic plays in new British and Irish settings. It explores these shifted national contexts and examines what they might reveal about the political and cultural climate of the new setting. In examining the modern setting alongside the country of the original text, it also reveals fascinating resonances between two different national contexts. The book discusses five British and Irish playwrights and their current adaptations, examining well-known dramatists such as Martin McDonagh, Sarah Kane and Brian Friel, while analysing some of their less well-known plays, offering a novel examination of the adaptation process. The book further provides an insightful commentary on some significant events of the twentieth century in Britain and Ireland, such as the historic Labour victory of 1945 and scandals in the Royal Family since the 1990s. This book will appeal to theatre and performance enthusiasts, as well as students and scholars of both theatre and adaptation.

Screening Contemporary Irish Fiction and Drama

In 2014 his monograph From Leenane to LA: The Theatre and Cinema of Martin McDonagh was published by Irish Academic Press. In 2016 he introduced and selected with Finola Cronin The Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Studies ...

Author: Marc C. Conner

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783031045684

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 290

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In this book, each chapter explores significant Irish texts in their literary, cultural, and historical contexts. With an introduction that establishes the multiple critical contexts for Irish cinema, literature, and their adaptive textual worlds, the volume addresses some of the most popular and important late 20th-Century and 21st Century works that have had an impact on the Irish and global cinema and literary landscape. A remarkable series of acclaimed and profitable domestic productions during the past three decades has accompanied, while chronicling, Ireland’s struggle with self-identity, national consciousness, and cultural expression, such that the story of contemporary Irish cinema is in many ways the story of the young nation’s growth pains and travails. Whereas Irish literature had long stood as the nation’s foremost artistic achievement, it is not too much to say that film now rivals literature as Ireland’s key form of cultural expression. The proliferation of successful screen versionings of Irish fiction and drama shows how intimately the contemporary Irish cinema is tied to the project of both understanding and complicating (even denying) a national identity that has undergone radical change during the past three decades. This present volume is the first to present a collective accounting of that productive synergy, which has seen so much of contemporary Irish literature transferred to the screen.

Narrating Death

See Patrick Lonergan, The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh (Bloomsbury, 2012), pp. 147–52. 8 For an in-depth examination of the connections between Pinter's The Dumb Waiter and McDonagh's In Bruges, see Lance Norman, ...

Author: Daniel K. Jernigan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429755675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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Drawing on literary and visual texts spanning from the twelfth century to the present, this volume of essays explores what happens when narratives try to push the boundaries of what can be said about death.

Fifty Modern and Contemporary Dramatists

(2006) The Theatre of Martin McDonagh: A World of Savage Stories, Dublin: Carysfort Press. Lonergan, Patrick (2012) The Theatre and Films of Martin McDonagh, London: Methuen. Russell, Richard Rankin (ed.) ...

Author: Maggie B. Gale

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317596226

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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Fifty Modern and Contemporary and Dramatists is a critical introduction to the work of some of the most important and influential playwrights from the 1950s to the present day. The figures chosen are among the most widely studied by students of drama, theatre and literature and include such celebrated writers as: • Samuel Beckett • Caryl Churchill • Anna Deavere Smith • Jean Genet • Sarah Kane • Heiner Müller • Arthur Miller • Harold Pinter • Sam Shephard Each short essay is written by one of an international team of academic experts and offers a detailed analysis of the playwright’s key works and career. The introduction provides an historical and theatrical context to the volume, which provides an invaluable overview of modern and contemporary drama.