Loose Theatre In and Out of My Memory

  • Published: May 2005
  • Format: Perfect Bound Softcover(B/W)
  • Pages: 492
  • Size: 6x8
  • ISBN: 9781412033763
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This is a fascinating collection of memories, a journey through a variegated landscape of the author's life and background, starting with her Jewish mother's parents in flight from the pogroms of Czarist Russia and her Irish father's involvement in the War of Independence on the streets of Dublin. A mixed marriage in a theocratic state; and four little girls in the 1930's Margaretta joins the theatre in Ireland as a teenager: and then in London, where she meets English playwright John Arden. They both work at the Royal Court in its early days, and then undertake a fruitful play-writing (and producing) collaboration, over 20 plays for stage and radio. Motherhood proves incompatible with mainstream theatre, until - by becoming a member of the Aosdána - Margaretta finds the financial freedom to explore real-life (i.e. 'Loose') theatre at Greenham Common, and at the United Nations, the biggest playhouse of them all.

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