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A Dark Rosebud on the Irish Stage: Ailís Ní Ríain’s Tallest Man in the World

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Ailís Ní Ríain’s The Tallest Man in the World was produced by Corcadorca during the 2013 Cork Theatre Festival. This chapter 7 analyses how the work of a young female playwright who asserted herself through strong thematic choices resonated on the Irish theatre scene. Beyond domestic strife, she provides a dark, pessimistic portrayal of an Irish society where a dysfunctional family unit helps her disclose the destructive traumas of child abuse and alienation. On a rather Beckettian mode, The Tallest Man in the World highlights the ontological loneliness of individuals, a thematic choice which impacts on the playwright’s aesthetics; intertwined monologues pave the way for a personal approach to the stage, through what could be called ‘in-your-ears theatre’, where harsh realities are voiced but not enacted.

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Dubost, T. (2017). A Dark Rosebud on the Irish Stage: Ailís Ní Ríain’s Tallest Man in the World . In: Etienne, A., Dubost, T. (eds) Perspectives on Contemporary Irish Theatre. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59710-2_7

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