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date: 20 June 2019

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Ireland in the early 1990s began to undergo social changes at an unprecedented rate. Friel and Murphy, the two playwrights who had established themselves as the leading figures in Irish theatre over the previous three decades, responded to this social change by producing a series of plays that were memory-based (such as Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa), or which traced the continuing role of a past that seemed forgotten in the present (notably in Murphy’s The House). Many other emergent playwrights in this period, including Sebastian Barry, Billy Roche, Conor McPherson, and Patricia Burke Brogan, made use of traditional techniques of storytelling and themes of alienation to explore a similar territory of community, loss, and memory. This chapter traces continuities in Irish theatre in a changing social landscape.

Keywords: memory, storytelling, alienation, Sebastian Barry, Billy Roche, Conor McPherson, Patricia Burke Brogan

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