Divided into three interwoven sections, the book first considers the historic relationship between the Abbey Theatre and film practitioners from the beginning of the sound period. Secondly, it explores the adaptation for screen of a number of plays from the Abbey repertoire and considers how key directors such as John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and Carol Reed used a theatricality of performance and narrative of Irishness to cinematic effect. Thirdly, it looks at the implications for a cinematic style of performance by stage actors, both individually and in groups. The book introduces an original perspective on understanding a theatricality of film. This includes adaptations and appropriations of dramatic texts for the screen, the interactions of Irish stage performers and internationally established directors, and the merging of performative styles through the two media. It lucidly introduces theories of theatre, cinema and the nation that will cater to non-experts in each of the fields, as much as it will propose new avenues of study for researchers who have already a significant level of expertise in the areas covered and brings to light new information gathered from documents, papers and other archival sources to explain the significance of the theatre and film relationship in Ireland.
Ireland's Theatre on Film: Style, Stories and the National Stage on Screen
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