The Futures of Irish Theatre:

Looking to the past for new ways forward

During the last decade, Irish theatre companies and artists have opened up their archives in new ways – so that we’re now seeing the publication of books and articles that tell us fascinating new things about our dramatic past. As Irish theatre grapples with new challenges – from funding to politics to the climate crisis – we ask whether our history can offer any guidance for the future. This public debate features the authors of three recently published books: Barry Houlihan (Navigating Ireland’s Theatre Archive), Patrick Lonergan (Irish Theatre and Drama Since 1950) and Melissa Sihra (Marina Carr: Pastures of the Unknown), with Tanya Dean as moderator.


Royal Irish Academy


2 Oct, 4pm