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date: 29 January 2020

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Since the early 1980s, a considerable debate has grown up around the centrality of the written script in Irish theatre. While the major artist in many other European theatre cultures was the director or the scenographer, Irish theatre remained dominated by the writer. However, with an expansion in the number of theatre companies, an increasingly globalized culture, and new forms of Irish actor training, companies began to emerge whose work did not begin with a playwright. In some companies, such as Corn Exchange, work is devised with the collaboration of writer, director, and the ensemble. In other cases, companies such as Pan Pan have used classic texts as the basis for director-driven post-dramatic works, while other companies such as ANU have moved further into forms of devised work. By the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, the writer was no longer necessarily the key figure in Irish theatre .

Keywords: devised theatre, Pan Pan Theatre, ANU Theatre Company, Corn Exchange Theatre Company

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