Beauty in a Broken Place

Title

Beauty in a Broken Place

Authors

Colm Tóibín

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Book

Description

Toibin's drama brilliantly re-enacts and evokes the personalities and workings of the Abbey Theatre in 1926. Lady Gregory, Yeats and O'Casey defend their daring play against the stifling mores of the day and the rule of the rabble and the widows of the 1916 leaders. It is a timely reminder of the perennial conflict between the demands of art and of politics in Irish cultural life. As Sean O'Casey addresses the ghost of Lady Gregory he recalls Yeats' Monday evening gatherings and early visits to Coole Park, and the staging, rehearsal and enacting of The Plough and the Stars, itself commissioned for the tenth anniversary of the 1916 Rising. This inner drama has walk-on parts for the principals: Abbey manager Lennox Robinson, directors WB and Mrs Yeats, government-appointed board-member George O'Brien, actors Shelagh Delaney, Ria Mooney, Miss Crowe and McCormack, and street demagogues Hannah Sheehy Skeffington, Mrs Tom Pearse and Maud Gonne protesting the mockery of martyrs.

Publication Date

2004

Publisher

Lilliput Press

City

Dublin

Award

2017 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | Nonfiction

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