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Marina Carr

MARINA CARR  (1964 - )

Nationality:    Irish
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Literary Agent:    The Agency (London) Ltd  represented by emily Hickman

Marina Carr was born in 1964 and grew up in County Offaly. She graduated from UCD in 1987. early plays include Low in the Dark, This Love Thing and Ullaloo. the Gallery Press publishes the Mai, Portia CougHLAn (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, 1997), By the Bog of Cats (Irish Times/ eSB Award for Best New Play, 1998), On Rafterys Hill, Ariel, Woman and Scarecrow, the Cordelia Dream, Marble and 16 Possible Glimpses (October 2011). Her awards include the Irish Times Best New Play Award, the Dublin Theatre Festival Best New Play Award 1994, a Macauley Fellowship, a Hennessey Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and an e.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has been Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College and was Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2003. She is a member of Aosdana and lives in Kerry.

Research:    http://www.irishplayography.com/person.aspx?personid=300

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below is a list of Marina Carr's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        16 Possible Glimpses         Ariel         Book Of Life, The         By the Bog Of Cats         Cordelia Dream, The         Giant Blue Hand, The         Kreutzer Sonata         Little Ones, The         Low In the Dark         Mai, The         Marble         Meat And Salt         On Raftery's Hill         Phaedra Backwards         Portia Coughlan         Quartet         This Love Thing         Ullalloo         We Were Here         Woman And Scarecrow



16 Possible Glimpses

16 Possible Glimpses
In 16 POSSIBLe GLIMPSeS, a series of dialogues and domestic scenes flash through the life of Chekhov, the master story teller, master playwright, doctor, lover, brother, son. Glimpse; oceans of champagne, coffins, snow, beautiful gardens, a black monk travelling through time, trees, vodka, women, women, women and a life in which eternity is the only thing worth talking about.

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Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival

1st Published:
the Gallery Press (5 Oct 2011)   978-1852355210

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Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Ariel

Ariel
Fermoy Fitzgerald, a politician from the Irish midlands, is a man capable of anything. He has the dreams of a conqueror. In Ariel Marina Carr attends to events surrounding his daughter's sixteenth birthday and dissects the soul of a man in thrall to powerful forces. By scratching the scars of a family's ancient skirmishes she unfolds the story of Cuura Lake. While the play embraces age-old themes - power and its price, fate, the importance of remembering and of forgetting - it is also the author's most contemporary work. Gorgeously cadenced, elaborately wrought, it is a score for the grand scale of her dreadful imaginings. Marina Carr is our laureate of destructive passions. Ariel signals a leap in the trajectory of this prodigiously talented writer.

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the Gallery Press, Ireland, 2002   978- 1 85235 332 2

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Play/Drama

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Male:  6            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Book Of Life, The

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By the Bog Of Cats

By the Bog Of Cats
Set in the mysterious landscape of the bogs of rural Ireland, Carr's lyrical and timeless play tells the story of Hester Swane, an Irish traveller with a deep and unearthly connection to her land. Tormented by the memory of a mother who deserted her, Hester is once again betrayed, this time by the father of her child, the man she loves. On the brink of despair, she embarks on a terrible journey of vengeance as the secrets of her tangled history are revealed.

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Faber and Faber (2 Dec 2004)   978-0571227662

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Play/Drama

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Male:  6            Female:  5            Other:  1 g, extras

Further Reference:
http://www.Theatrerecord.org/, Theatre Record Vol XXIV (2004) Page 1625

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Cordelia Dream, The

Cordelia Dream, The
An old man, his life coming to a close, declares: Men should not have daughters. A woman, refusing to deal with his ghost, makes her 'dark pilgrimage' to his door. there they argue the language of love and loss and reply the battle between them, the 'ancient eternal' blood bond of parent and child. With its resonance of King Lear Marina Carr's tense, impassioned Drama uncoils a torrent of confessions, accusations, contritions and blame, as her garrulous protagonists compete, if not for the grail of reconciliation, for the consolation of understanding. the Cordelia Dream, a Royal Shakespeare Company commission, lays out another urgent installment of this unflinching playwright's exploration of families, their needs, their shortcomings and of the darkness in the human heart.

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RSC

1st Published:
the Gallery Press (2008)   978- 1 85235 456 5

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Play/Drama

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Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.Theatrerecord.org/, Theatre Record Vol XXVIII (2008) Page 1422

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Giant Blue Hand, The

Synopsis:
Two boys, a giant blue hand and an aunt in pink wellingtons

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1st Produced:
the Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children    12 Feb 2009

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the Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children

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Genre:
Childrens play

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Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Kreutzer Sonata

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Siren Productions

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Little Ones, The

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the Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children    -

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Low In the Dark

Low In the Dark
Low in the Dark explores the myths and misconceptions between the sexes. In Bender and Binder's world, men are a necessary irritant. their time is spent reliving their relationships, for the most part unsuccessful events. Baxter and Bone, ignorant and innocent of women, spend their time imagining the Ideal Woman. Orchestrating this furore is Curtains, who has her own version of the story of Man and Woman.

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in the Crack In the emerald, Nick Hern Books, London, 1990   -

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Play/Drama

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.Theatrerecord.org/, Theatre Record Vol XIII (1993) Page 0501

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Mai, The

Mai, The
an accomplished, beautiful forty-year-old woman, the Mai has always sought an exceptional life. Robert, her cellist husband, has always felt stifled by the Mai's ideals of perfection. after seventeen years he leaves her, whereupon she sets about building a dream house in the hope that he will one day return to her. From her fairytale castle, the Mai waits by the window for her dark-haired prince to return. Set in the inspiring surrounds of the West of Ireland, on the banks of the legendary Owl Lake, we enter this world on the day of Robert's return after an absence of four years. In the midst of Mai's and Robert's troubled reunion are the idiosyncratic characters that comprise the family. Irreverent and unapologetic, the opium-smoking one-hundred-year-old matriarch, Grandma Fraochlan, presides over all. the "Spanish Beauty," as she is known, with her "ancient and fantastical memory" and mythical presence, reminds us that the past is looming ever present. Her daughters, agnes and Julie, meddle in the affairs o

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the Gallery Press, Ireland, 1995   978- 1 85235 161 8

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Male:  1            Female:  7            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.Theatrerecord.org/, Theatre Record Vol XV (1995) Page 0629; http://www.Theatrerecord.org/, Theatre Record Vol XVII (1997) Page 0536

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Marble

Marble
a premonition of impending disaster precedes a collision between the conscious and subconscious lives of two married couples. Hidden fantasies and passions conflict with the calls of friendship and fidelity. the characters' everyday existences and their struggles to accept mortality provide the backdrop to MaRBLe's exploration of the tragedy of dying of an empty heart.

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1st Published:
the Gallery Press (2009)   978- 1 85235 468 8

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Meat And Salt

Synopsis:
When the scrupulously honest Little Daughter tells the tyrannical Big Daddy she loves him as meat loves salt he banishes her from his Kingdom. She falls onto the Mountains of the Moon Hounds and after many adventures, she meets the Young King who falls in love with her honesty. they agree to marry and her father is invited to the feast only to find a surprise waiting for him.

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Genre:
play for 8-12 year olds One act

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Male:  5            Female:  8            Other:  -

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On Raftery's Hill

On Raftery's Hill
In Marina Carr's epic tragedy of rural life, three generations of the Rafterys live together in the midlands of Ireland. It's a closely knit farming community where hatred and rumours of incest, stillborn children, and abused families seem more common than love and affection.

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the Gallery Press, Ireland, 2000   978- 1 85235 268 4

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Genre:
Tragedy of epic proportions Tragedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.Theatrerecord.org/, Theatre Record Vol XX (2000) Page 0865; http://www.Theatrerecord.org/, Theatre Record Vol XXVII (2007) Page 0200

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Phaedra Backwards

Synopsis:
A new re-imagining of the classic myth of Phaedra doomed love for her stepson. 'Phaedra Backwards' subverts the established chronology of previous versions of the myth, moving fluidly between the past, present and future.

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1st Produced:
McCarter Theatre Centre at Princeton University    18 Oct 2011

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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Portia Coughlan

Portia Coughlan
Portia Coughlan lives life in monstrous limbo, haunted by a yearning for her spectral twin brother lying at the bottom of the Belmont river, unable to find any love for her wealthy husband and children, seeking solace in soulless affairs, deeply afraid of what she might do . . .

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1st Published:
in the Dazzling Dark: New Irish Plays, Faber and Faber, London, 1996   978-0571177707

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  6            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.Theatrerecord.org/, Theatre Record Vol XVI (1996) Page 0608; http://www.Theatrerecord.org/, Theatre Record Vol XXII (2002) Page 0011

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Quartet

Synopsis:
about an international diplomat's romantic encounters throughout the 1950s and 1960s.
Neil Cooper, Herald

Notes:
part of Impossible Things Before Breakfast

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Company:
Traverse Theatre Company

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
30 min reading

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Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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This Love Thing

Synopsis:
a lighthearted analysis of love as seen through the eyes of Renaissance artists and some of the characters they depicted. Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Jesus and the Mona Lisa herself struggle with the big questions of love and art.

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1st Produced:
Belfast: Old Museum Arts Centre, 7 College Square N, Belfast BT1 6AR    12 Feb 1991

Company:
Tinderbox Theatre Company and Pigsback Theatre Company

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-   -

Music:
-

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Ullalloo

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We Were Here

Synopsis:
a multi-sensory and multi-media perfomrance made up of a series of short plays on the theme of poverty

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part of 1 in 5. the title of the project is taken from official statistics estimating one in five people in Northern Ireland to be living in poverty.

1st Produced:
site-specific piece at Roe Valley Hospital, site of the former Limavady Workhouse, Limavady, County Derry.    24 Nov 2011

Company:
Kabosh

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short play

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Woman And Scarecrow

Woman And Scarecrow
In Woman and Scarecrow the title characters, 'in exile from the best of themselves', trade litanies of recriminations as they mourn their capacity to love. This deathbed Drama pitches old friends and battle-weary foes against each other in a sustained howl against the first law. This world's job is to take everything from you. Yours is not to let it.' It hinges on the Woman's last request, to return west where she might find 'some kind of miracle', that moment of grace in which 'anything can happen'.

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1st Published:
the Gallery Press (15 Jun 2006)   978-1852354060

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
http://www.Theatrerecord.org/, Theatre Record Vol XXVI (2006) Page 0749

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