The Darkest Corner Series: Theatre Challenging the State?

McCormick, Sheila (2012) The Darkest Corner Series: Theatre Challenging the State? Irish Studies Review, 20 (2). pp. 179-191. ISSN 0967-0882 DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09670882.2012.679216

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Abstract

Documentary theatre, as a theatrical genre, has not maintained a continuous presence in Irish theatre. The Darkest Corner series, produced in 2010 by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland's National Theatre is, therefore, one of the first examples of Irish theatre using the genre to address political and social issues. Presenting three plays, Gerard Mannix Flynn's James X, Richard Johnson's The Evidence I Shall Give and Mary Raftery's No Escape, the series examines the widespread abuse of children in state institutions. Before analysing the documentary play commissioned by the Abbey, Raftery's No Escape, this article will begin with an exploration of documentary theatre in Ireland. It will then examine the material used for the play, the Ryan Report, published following the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, something of great political and social interest to contemporary Ireland and, finally, the play itself.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ryan Report; documentary theatre; Abbey Theatre; The Darkest Corner series; No Escape; James X
Subjects: A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions: Performing Arts
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2012 10:48
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/4397

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