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Major Barbara

Written by

Bernard Shaw

and

Nicholas Grene

Edited by

Nicholas Grene

~playauthor~Written by~ Bernard Shaw , Nicholas Grene ~playauthor~Edited by~ Nicholas Grene

Methuen Drama, 2008

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Acts: 3, Scenes: 2, Roles: Total (15), Female (5), Male (10), Unassigned (0)

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...Major Barbara is a play about power, religion and capital: Shaw’s story of a conversion contest between an arms manufacturer and a Salvation Army Major is a provocative dramatization of the relationship between money and morality...

Retrospectives

Nicholas Grene

Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published widely on Shakespeare and on Irish literature. His books include The Politics of Irish Drama (1999), Shakespeare’s Serial History Plays (2002), Yeats’s Poetic Codes (2008) and Home on the Stage (2014). With Chris Morash he is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Tom Murphy : Playwright Adventurer

Methuen Drama, 2017

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... in the programme. See Nicholas Grene, ‘An Interview with Garry Hynes’, Irish University Review, 45.1 (2015), pp. 117–25 [120]. That proved impracticable, but the play was in fact revived by the Abbey in June 2012 at the same time...

Worlds of Their Own: The Morning After Optimism, The Sanctuary Lamp

Nicholas Grene

Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published widely on Shakespeare and on Irish literature. His books include The Politics of Irish Drama (1999), Shakespeare’s Serial History Plays (2002), Yeats’s Poetic Codes (2008) and Home on the Stage (2014). With Chris Morash he is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Tom Murphy : Playwright Adventurer

Methuen Drama, 2017

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... in Nicholas Grene (ed.), Talking About Tom Murphy (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2002), pp. 41–6 [45]. The memory of the dead mother is the witch that must be slain, along with the dragon, ‘that feathered bastard shadowing me’ (Plays,...

Beyond Mimicry: The Blue Macushla, The White House, Conversations on a Homecoming

Nicholas Grene

Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published widely on Shakespeare and on Irish literature. His books include The Politics of Irish Drama (1999), Shakespeare’s Serial History Plays (2002), Yeats’s Poetic Codes (2008) and Home on the Stage (2014). With Chris Morash he is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Tom Murphy : Playwright Adventurer

Methuen Drama, 2017

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... the sense of a country spiralling out of control. Murphy has always denied that he is a political writer; See, for instance, his interview with Michael Billington in Nicholas Grene (ed.), Taking about Tom Murphy (Dublin: Carysfort...

The Lives of Women: Alice Trilogy, The Mommo Plays

Nicholas Grene

Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published widely on Shakespeare and on Irish literature. His books include The Politics of Irish Drama (1999), Shakespeare’s Serial History Plays (2002), Yeats’s Poetic Codes (2008) and Home on the Stage (2014). With Chris Morash he is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Tom Murphy : Playwright Adventurer

Methuen Drama, 2017

Books

2

... Druid/Murphy to DruidMurphy’, in Nicholas Grene and Chris Morash (eds), Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), pp. 404–21 [415]. This is replicated, when the play begins, by the split-level drama...

Staging History: The Patriot Game, Famine

Nicholas Grene

Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published widely on Shakespeare and on Irish literature. His books include The Politics of Irish Drama (1999), Shakespeare’s Serial History Plays (2002), Yeats’s Poetic Codes (2008) and Home on the Stage (2014). With Chris Morash he is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Tom Murphy : Playwright Adventurer

Methuen Drama, 2017

Books

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...The J. Arthur Maginnis Story, one of Murphy’s least successful plays, was staged in 1976 to disastrous reviews. ‘Full of sound and brewery, signifying nothing’ was Seamus Kelly’s dismissive comment, imitating the terrible punning...

Conclusion

Nicholas Grene

Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published widely on Shakespeare and on Irish literature. His books include The Politics of Irish Drama (1999), Shakespeare’s Serial History Plays (2002), Yeats’s Poetic Codes (2008) and Home on the Stage (2014). With Chris Morash he is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Tom Murphy : Playwright Adventurer

Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Stage directions in Murphy have a distinctive character. His is not the discursive analysis of Ibsen or Shaw, the subtextual notation of Chekhov, nor yet the precise, laconic signs of Beckett or Pinter. He writes rather a freehand...

Critical Perspectives

Nicholas Grene

Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published widely on Shakespeare and on Irish literature. His books include The Politics of Irish Drama (1999), Shakespeare’s Serial History Plays (2002), Yeats’s Poetic Codes (2008) and Home on the Stage (2014). With Chris Morash he is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Tom Murphy : Playwright Adventurer

Methuen Drama, 2017

Books

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... disappears, although no one present calls attention to the changed situation. The collective enumeration of misfortunes builds from humour to hysteria; as Nicholas Grene puts it, ‘The pent-up frustrated energies of the group spiral out...

Predicaments of Irishmen: On the Inside/On the Outside, A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer’s Assistant, A Whistle in the Dark

Nicholas Grene

Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published widely on Shakespeare and on Irish literature. His books include The Politics of Irish Drama (1999), Shakespeare’s Serial History Plays (2002), Yeats’s Poetic Codes (2008) and Home on the Stage (2014). With Chris Morash he is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Tom Murphy : Playwright Adventurer

Methuen Drama, 2017

Books

2

... is the universality and apparent intractability of Ireland’s class hierarchy at a time in which the ideology of the state is re-oriented to a language of egalitarianism and democracy.’ Lionel Pilkington, ‘Response’, in Nicholas Grene (ed.),...

Words and Music: Too Late For Logic, The Gigli Concert

Nicholas Grene

Nicholas Grene is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published widely on Shakespeare and on Irish literature. His books include The Politics of Irish Drama (1999), Shakespeare’s Serial History Plays (2002), Yeats’s Poetic Codes (2008) and Home on the Stage (2014). With Chris Morash he is the co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Theatre of Tom Murphy : Playwright Adventurer

Methuen Drama, 2017

Books

2

... it was the only possible thing to do in life; it was the only possible way to express yourself.’ Tom Murphy in conversation with Michael Billington, in Nicholas Grene (ed.), Talking about Tom Murphy (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2002), p. 105....