Four Plays by the Charabanc Theatre Company: Inventing Women's Work
Claudia W. Harris
Colin Smythe, 2006 - Drama - 257 pages
The Charabanc Theatre Company played a major role in Northern Ireland's theatrical renaissance during the 1980s. Charabanc was formed by five out-of-work Belfast actresses (Marie Jones, Maureen Macaulay, Eleanor Methven, Carol Moore, Brenda Winter) who first collected stories and then collaborated in writing and performing highly original plays for enthusiastic audiences. From 1983 to 1995, the company toured twenty-tour productions extensively throughout Ireland and the world, spreading their own particular brand of exuberant, dark humour. The four plays in this collection - Now You're Talking (1985), Gold in the Streets (1986), The Girls in the Big Picture (1986), and Somewhere Over the Balcony (1987) - represent the creative high point of the company. These entertaining plays show the broad range of the company's work: portraits of urban and rural women; early, mid-, and late twentieth century settings, and various social, religious, historical political, or personal relations. Marie Jones, Eleanor Methven, and Carol Moore were the remaining company principals during the mid-1980s when these four plays were created and performed. company in 1990 has continued to write, notably the award-winning Stones in His Pockets. Eleanor Methven and Carol Moore continued on as artistic directors until they disbanded the company in 1995. Eleanor Methven now lives in Dublin and is a sought-after actress for stage and screen, and her first screenplay is in development with Journeyman Films. Carol Moore obtained an MA from Queen's University, Belfast, and still acts for stage and film, but is now primarily an accomplished stage and screen director; in May 2005 she received a NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts) Fellowship.
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The Girls in the Big Picture
Charabanc Theatre Company Production Notes 2
ACTOR AGNES ANGELA Arts Centre balcony Ballybofey BEEZER Belfast bloody C'mon Carol Moore Carol Scanlan CARTER Catholic CEELY chapel Charabanc chopper COLLETTE comin Community Centre Davy Director doin DrtvER EEDIE Eleanor Methven Enniskillen enters ESTHER exits GEORGE gettin girl goin gonna Hall Hamster Wheel Houston Marshall Irish ISAAC JACKIE JEAN Jesus JOAN Joe Ferguson John Joe JOHNNY KATE KATHLEEN kids LADY gLEnDtNNtNG laugh leave listen look lookin MADELINE Magherafelt mammy MARGARET Marie Jones married Maureen mill MOLLY Mona Moore MOTHER never night Northern Ireland nothin Pat Sharkey Patricia McBride PATSY play Protestant ROSE SCENE SFX JAMESIE SHARON shillin's SIDNEY singing Stage Manager Sure talk talkin tell TERESA Theatre Ireland THELMA there's TOBIAS Ulster VERONICA vtOLET wee bit West Belfast What's WILLIE JOE women