Written almost 80 years apart, Dion Boucicault’s extremely popular melodrama The Octoroon (1859) and Brian Friel’s masterpiece- Translations (1980) each tackle questions of power and resistance, colonisation, and the links between identity, history and language. With both plays being presented at the NT, this three-hour talk draws on both plays to explore a century of Irish drama.
Led by Anna McMullan, with contributions from performers. Anna McMullan is Professor in Theatre at the University of Reading. She has published widely on contemporary Irish theatre, including Marina Carr, Brian Friel, and Samuel Beckett.
Tickets £30 (senior citizens £20, students/under 18s £7.50)