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date: 26 May 2020

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‘Festivalization’—the organization of theatre cultures around the moveable feast of the festival—is a defining feature of theatre culture in an age of globalization. The effects of this phenomenon on Irish theatre have been apparent for many years, going back to the Tóstal festivals in the 1950s, which in turn evolved into the Dublin Theatre Festival, which would bring to Ireland forms of contemporary theatre practice that challenged Irish theatre-makers to explore innovative ways of creating performances. At the same time, as the ‘festival play’ and ‘event theatre’ became increasingly important to the economics of theatre, Irish productions mounted with an eye to the festival circuit came to feature more prominently in Irish theatre production, and a number of Irish companies now define themselves in relation to this new global geography. This chapter explores and assesses the effects of this important feature of contemporary theatre practice.

Keywords: Dublin Theatre Festival, An Tóstal, festival, globalization

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