Between the City and the Village: Liminal Spaces and Ambivalent Identities in Contemporary Irish Theatre

  • Brian Devaney


The dialogue between the urban and the rural in contemporary Irish drama remains persistent and relevant, ranging in scope from Michael Sheridan’s assertion that “the universal truths about people can oftentimes be more clearly expressed in the claustrophobia of the provincial setting”, to Declan Hughes’s statement that rural-based plays in contemporary Irish drama are “based on an Ireland that hasn’t existed for years”. Issues of national and cultural identity are intrinsic to this debate, and the questions asked by it challenge perceptions and prejudices on all sides.

This chapter explores, highlights and interrogates this dialogue between the rural and the urban in contemporary Irish theatre, examining the dramatic representation of opposing, but ultimately interlinked, environments in contemporary Irish theatre.


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  • Brian Devaney
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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherKerryIreland

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