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Death of a Playwright

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Every generation has playwrights as representational voices. The 1960s provided Brian Friel, Tom MacIntyre, Tom Murphy, Thomas Kilroy and Frank McGuinness while in the late 1990s Marina Carr, Conor MacPherson, Enda Walsh, and Mark O’Rowe emerged. With the evolution of the ‘theatre maker’ and the ‘actor/writer’, has theatre forgotten its most important asset, the ‘Playwright’? This Chapter by artistic director Geoff Gould makes a strong statement about the lack of support from the Arts Council, the Abbey, and other Irish theatre companies in nurturing and developing the new generation of playwrights, making their current position untenable.

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Gould, G. (2017). Death of a Playwright. In: Etienne, A., Dubost, T. (eds) Perspectives on Contemporary Irish Theatre. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59710-2_8

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