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The Ulster Literary Theatre and the Northern Revival
The Ulster Literary Theatre and the Northern Revival

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Authors: Eugene McNulty
Affiliation: University of Portsmouth
Publication Year: Hardback 2008
Pages: 272
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781859184271


The Ulster Literary Theatre was considered by many contemporaries to be the equal of the Abbey Theatre, certainly in terms of energy, output and nationalist commitment. In the first decade of its existence this Belfast company produced a number of significant and exciting works, including the early efforts of Rutherford Mayne and the extraordinary burlesques of Gerald MacNamara. In so doing, it provided a key forum in which Ulster's cultural politics could be explored and performed. Drawing particularly on the northern group's early history, Eugene McNulty explores this intriguing performance history of Belfast's own nationalist theatre. In the course of this study a number of key issues are re-examined: the Ulster Literary Theatre's relationship with the Abbey Theatre; Ulster's role in the Irish Literary Revival; the interaction between northern cultural nationalism and an evolving Ulster Unionist politics. In all of this McNulty argues for a reassessment of the politics of the Revival, and insists upon the importance of a 'northern revival' and its significance for a fuller understanding of this crucial period in Irish history.

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5 of 5 Eugene McNulty creates a thoroughly researched me December 7, 2009
Reviewer: Eva Urban Irish Studies Review from Republic of Ireland  
Eugene McNulty creates a thoroughly researched  meticulously detailed and refreshing image of the Ulster Literary Theatre s part in the Irish Cultural Revival.

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