‘Holes in the ground’: Theatre as critic and conscience of celtic tiger Ireland

Victor Merriman*

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This chapter considers theatre events which contested the hegemony of the political economy of the Celtic Tiger period in the Republic of Ireland. Works discussed include, Paraic Breatnach et al., Site!: A Builder's Tale (Fir Clis, Galway, 1999), Pom Boyd, Declan Lynch, Arthur Riordan, Boomtown (Rough Magic Theatre Company, 1999 and 2009), Sebastian Barry, Hinterland (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 2002), Marina Carr, Ariel (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 2002), Brian Desmond and Mairtin de Cogain, Thailand: What's Love Got To Do With It? (Be Your Own Banana Theatre Company, Cork, 2007), Tom Hall, Boss (Meridian Theatre Company, Cork, 2008), and David McWilliams' retrospective performance, Outsiders (Peacock Theatre, Dublin, 2010).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Prosperity to Austerity
Subtitle of host publicationA Socio-Cultural Critique of the Celtic Tiger and Its Aftermath
EditorsEamon Maher, Eugene O'Brien
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)1526101483, 9781526101488
ISBN (Print)9780719091674
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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