Women on the stage in the 1990s
Foregrounding the body and performance in plays by Gina Moxley, Emma Donoghue and Marina Carr
in Irish literature since 1990

Foregrounding female corporeality in drama provides a medium through which creative ambiguity can be achieved, made possible by the duality that the body is a sign of both social positionality and cultural experience associated with the symbolic. In contemporary Irish drama, the renaissance of the monologue signals a self-conscious move towards heightening the performative element in the exploration of the self, according to revised perspectives on identity. The chapter discusses the staging of women characters in three plays, Danti Dan by Gina Moxley, Emma Donoghue's Ladies and Gentlemen and By the Bog of Cats by Marina Carr. Work by writers like Carr suddenly reached both national and international stages. The Moxley and Donoghue plays were first performed at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin by Rough Magic and Glasshouse Productions respectively, while Carr's had its premiere at the Abbey during the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1998.

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