Richard bean's the big fellah (2010) and Jez butterworth's the ferryman (2017): Two plays about the northern troubles from outside of Northern Ireland

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Abstract

During the three decades of the Troubles of Northern Ireland (1969- 1998), a remarkable amount of plays about the conflict was written, most by (Northern) Irish playwrights. Recently, however, alongside growing concerns about violence worldwide since 9/11, authors who are not of Irish descent have begun to choose the Northern Troubles as their theme. This article deals with two plays, Richard Bean's The Big Fellah and Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman, neither of which was written by an Irish playwright, and examines whether and to what extent it is possible to say that they can transcend regional boundaries and become part of global memories in the context of the post-Good Friday Agreement and 9/11.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-126
Number of pages12
JournalIlha do Desterro
Volume73
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug

Keywords

  • Jez Butterworth
  • Richard Bean
  • The Big Fellah
  • The Ferryman
  • The Troubles of Northern Ireland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory

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