Staging Intercultural Ireland: New Plays and Practitioner Perspectives is the first published collection of plays and interviews responding to the effect of increased inward-migration on Irish theatre. The 2011 census indicated that we, as a nation, are now 17 per cent non-Irish born. This represents a 240 per cent increase in foreign-born persons living in the state since 1996.
Staging Intercultural Ireland offers a snapshot of a long-term intercultural process in its early stages. The plays and interviews in this book are united in their attempt to unsettle the usual distinctions that might be made between “Irish” and “other”. They ask for a critical engagement with shared histories and institutional inequalities, and a basic recognition that “Irish” identity, like all national identities, is a process always in formation. As such, Irish identity has been fundamentally expanded by a nearly 20-year period of inward migration.
Staging Intercultural Ireland is part reflection and part intervention; it responds to Ireland as it is now, and Ireland as it will continue to evolve as seen though the work of theatre and performance artists.
Full article in the Irish Times http://tinyurl.com/ndgtu4j