Subjects of 'the machinery of citizenship': The Death and Resurrection of Mr Roche and The Gentle Island at the Dublin Theatre Festival

Richards, Shaun (2008) Subjects of 'the machinery of citizenship': The Death and Resurrection of Mr Roche and The Gentle Island at the Dublin Theatre Festival. In: Grene, Nicholas and Lonergan, Patrick and Chambers, Lilian, (eds.) Interactions: Dublin Theatre Festival 1957-2007. Carysfort Press, Dublin, pp. 61-74. ISBN 9781904505365

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Abstract

Discusses Thomas Kilroy's 'The Death and Resurrection of Mr Roche' (1968) and Brian Friel's 'The Gentle Island' (1971)in which homosexuality is integral to the plots. in the context of their performance at the Dublin Theatre Festival of those years and sunsequent perfomances in 1989 and 1988 coinciding with the culmination of Norris's campaign in 1988 when the European Court of Human Rights called on Ireland to end its violation of Article 8 of the Convention of Human Righs and repeal the Offences Against the Person Act (1861). The period between then and the law's final repeal in 1993 saw an upsurge of demand for sexual freedom and expression.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Irish theatre; Homosexuality; Ireland
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 306 Culture & institutions
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts; recreation > 792 Stage presentations
900 History & geography > 941 History of Ireland
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2013 14:28
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2013 14:28
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/626

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