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Irish drama since 1990
in Irish literature since 1990

A more acclaimed feature of Irish drama and one of its most marketable features is the lyric-narrative. One of the greatest challenges in Irish drama from 1990 to 2006 has been how to produce theatre that can deal with or respond to contemporary conditions. The fallout of the triumphalist materialism of the 1990s, coupled with loosening bonds between nation and identity, continue to present a challenge for the new playwrights of the 1990s. Playfully renovating performance conventions, Improbable Frequency also humorously unravels the conventions of the history play, so beloved of Irish playwrights. Martine Pelletier's contribution addresses the phenomenon of immigration and some of the attempts by Irish playwrights and practitioners to stage it. Pelletier's portrayal of Ireland through a reading of several plays as a place which is 'reluctantly coming to terms with its multicultural character' concludes with a discussion of Brian Friel's play, The Home Place.


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