21 September, 2023 | by Jemimah Jacobs

Call for Contributions

Review of Irish Studies in Europe (RISE) 5.1: Staging Europe at the Gate Theatre
Edited by Siobhn OGorman, Elaine Sisson and Ian R. Walsh

From its foundation Dublins Gate Theatre has characterised itself as international in its vision bringing the best of world theatre to Ireland and showcasing the best of Irish work to the world. This issue of RISE aims to examine the complex interplay between Irish and European culture at the Gate from its founding in 1928 to the present day. It will explore Irish presentations of European work at the Gate but also show how the Gates prioritisation of excellence in acting, directing and design places it in an European tradition that contrasts with the Abbeys prioritisation of the role of the playwright. We are interested in contributions that variously position the Gate within wider networks of European artistic exchange. Articles might also question how the Gates internationalism challenged or reimagined conceptions of Irish nationalism, for example in terms of inclusivity and diversity or elitism and affluence.
This issue of RISE is to be the final outcome of the Gate Theatre Research Network project, funded jointly by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Radboud University Nijmegen, the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Charles University, Prague.

Abstracts of proposed contributions (200-300 words) should be sent to [email protected] , [email protected] and [email protected] by 31st July 2020. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by the end of August 2020. Completed articles of 6 000-8,000 words will be due by 31 November 2020.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Adaptations and translations of European work at the Gate by such artists as Isa Hughes, Ria Mooney, Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness, etc.
Staging Europe or European subjects
European styles of theatre at the Gate e.g. commedia dellarte, German expressionism and French farce
Modern European classics at the Gate
The influence of European art and scenography on designers such as Molly MacEwen, Michel MacLiammir and Joe Vank
European acting methods and/or directing styles and/or lighting techniques and/or approaches to music at the Gate
The Gates European Tours
European reception of Gate productions
European practitioners working at the Gate e.g. Steven Berkoff
Samuel Beckett and European theatre at the Gate
The Gates relationship with European cultural initiatives and festivals, e.g. those seeking to promote tolerance between cultures following the Second World War such as The Edinburgh Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival and Project 67.
Staging the work of European theatre makers such as Harold Pinter and Bertolt Brecht at the Gate
The Gate and contemporary European theatre and performance
Nationalism, globalization, interculturalism and the Gate
Celebrity at the Gate