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opened this new section in August 2003.
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Feminism and the Northern Irish Women Playwrights of the 80s
Subsequent to the publication of Kate Millets Sexual Politics
in 1968 female academics concentrated increasingly on deconstructing
patriarchal representations of femininity in literature. In Britain
in 1976 Michelene Wandor published Understudies critiquing
the representation of female characters in drama, focusing in particular
on Look Back in Anger. At the same time actresses started to
form womens companies, usually fringe groups working in a non-naturalistic
vein. The eighties became the decade of the women playwrights: Caryl
Churchill, Sue Townsend, Sarah Daniels, Pam Gems, to name but a few.
The main thrust of the subject-matter was the oppression of women
by patriarchal attitudes. And Northern Ireland was no exception: Anne
Devlin and Christina Reid put women centre-stage.
Jackie Fletcher (2001)
Punch Cartoons and the Theatre
In Tenniel's political cartoons, the foremost of all performers are
the politicians, appearing as theatre managers, actors, fairground,
circus and pantomime performers, conjurors, jugglers, magicians and
musicians. Gill Stoker looks at some of these theatre-related