Professor analyzes theater of Irish Revolution

first_imgTags: Easter Rising, Irish Theatre, W.B. Yeats Fearghal McGarry, a professor of Irish History at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, delivered a lecture Thursday titled “Lost Republic: The Abbey Theatre’s 1916 Rebels,” which focused on the role of seven leading members of W.B. Yeats’s famous Abbey Theatre during the Easter Rising.McGarry also highlighted Ireland’s cultural revolution and its connection to the growth of revolutionary political movements, and how the goals of the Easter Rising differed from its legacy as the centennial anniversary of the event approaches.McGarry challenged the concept that Yeats and the Abbey’s political productions inspired the Irish people to support a republican sentiment. Instead, he said the actions of many often-overlooked organizations that shared members with the Abbey, operated in both the political and cultural spheres, and were more notable causes for the violent uprising than Yeats’s relatively conservative theatre.“Contrary to the myth of the Abbey as a breeding ground for Irish Republicanism, the theatre was often critical of the movement, and while some plays caused the Abbey to come into conflict with Dublin Castle, there were similar clashes with Irish Republicanism,” McGarry said.McGarry said rather than the commonly-held view that a cultural revolution fueled a political movement and violent uprising there were in fact “many overlapping circles or culture and activism, and it is out of this that revolution began.”McGarry said many other groups played a more important part in the Rising than the Abbey Theatre, including Inghinidhe na hÉireann, or the “Daughters of Ireland.” The Daughters of Ireland, like almost all Republican organizations of the time, contained its own theatre company, McGarry said.“It is culture, rather than class, that allowed for the inclusion of those who would typically be excluded from these political movements, such as women and the working classes,” he said.“The nature of drama appeals to the political because it requires actors to take part in the play, an audience to observe it and a space for the play to be performed in.”McGarry also said these organizations were crucial to the Irish revolutionary movement because of their values and the importance of these values to the Rising. These values were gradually lost over time by what McGarry called the “Catholic-Nationalist narrative” of events. Specifically, McGarry said the feminist and socialist aspects of the Rising, which the Abbey’s revolutionary members supported, appeared to be forgotten in its legacy.“In economic, political, cultural and gender terms, the revolution disappointed its members from the Abbey Theatre,” he said. “Revolutions usually end in failure, and for the Abbey Seven, there was the failure to transform society rather than just change the state.”last_img read more

Your Top 10 Fave Judith Light Roles

first_imgAngela Bower, Who’s the Boss Faye,The Assembled Parties Judith Light begins performances in All the Ways to Say I Love You, Tony nominee Neil Labute’s solo play, on September 6. In honor of her return to the New York stage in a one-woman drama (and highly anticipated comeback to the small screen for Transparent season 3 on September 23), we asked you to rank your favorite Judith Light roles. Though the Audience Choice Award winner is nominated for an Emmy this year for her performance in Transparent, a throwback screen role was the fan favorite, as were her Tony-winning roles. Take a look at your top 10 below! Judith Ryland, Dallas Karen Wolek, One Life to Live Elizabeth Donnelly, Law & Order: SVU Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 23, 2016 Jeanne White, The Ryan White Story Shelly Pfefferman, Transparent Silda Grauman, Other Desert Cities Claire Meade, Ugly Betty View Comments All the Ways To Say I Love You Vivian Bearing, Witlast_img read more

Queen Makisha wants gender equality in Calypso competitions

first_imgLocalNews Queen Makisha wants gender equality in Calypso competitions by: – February 11, 2012 Share Share Sharing is caring! 21 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Queen Makisha. Photo credit: vistandpoint.comDominican born Calypsonian Makisha “Queen Makisha” Gordon who has copped the calypso monarch title four times in the British Virgin Island says there is a place for women in the arena.There has been criticism that women should find their own place in the male dominated arena, however she noted that in this art form, women and men are equal.“I think that was back in the days and it’s a different time now. Before it was a male dominated arena and as you can see now, women are taking their place. Some men feel that the arena is there’s but they need to get away from that,” she said.She said she uses Calypso to highlight issues affecting women and children within society. “I like singing about issues affecting the nation, issues affecting women, children, social issues, political issues. Calypso is used to express oneself about issues and that’s exactly what I am doing,” he insists.Queen Makisha hails from the community of Marigot but migrated to the BVI at the age of ten.She is on island to perform at a Calypso Hall of Fame Concert scheduled to take place at the Harlem Plaza on Saturday.Tickets cost $20.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door and the proceeds will go towards defraying the cost of hosting the event.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Indiana On Path To State-Funded Preschool

first_imgAs the 2014 legislative session wraps up this week, state lawmakers are expected to decide on the future of state-funded preschool in Indiana. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.With a possible decision from lawmakers by the end of today, preschool for some low-income Hoosiers could be just around the corner.Under Gov. Mike Pence’s initial proposal for a pilot program, vouchers would be provided for 1,000 children in five counties to attend preschool.Some lawmakers rejected that plan and called for a study committee on the matter.But Ann Murtlow, president and CEO of the United Way of Central Indiana, says a study and a pilot program could actually work together.“There have been significant studies that show that the return on investment for early childhood education is very, very significant,” she points out. “So we believe those studies should be very compelling.“At the same time we don’t believe we should wait to get going in helping our kids.”The governor has called the study of preschool vouchers a good thing, but renewed his call for the Indiana General Assembly to combine the study with a pilot program.Indiana is only one of a handful of states that do not have state-funded pre-k.The 2014 session is scheduled to end no later than Friday.Murtlow stresses preschool is not just about learning ABCs and 123s. She says statistics showeducation truly is the best path out of poverty, and a strong education begins in early childhood.“At risk kids who don’t receive high quality early education are 25 percent more likely to drop out of school, about 40 percent more likely to become teen parents and 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime,” she points out. “So early education really matters.”Whether it’s the pilot program, the study or both, Murtlow says advocates are pleased to see early childhood education getting attention at the state level.“We want to thank the governor for his committed stance on preparing our children for the future and for the legislators that have been supporting these bills,” she says. “It’s wonderful to see this kind of movement in Indiana and it really is critical to the future of our state.”last_img read more

Charles E. Workman

first_imgCharles E. Workman, 82, of Harrison, Ohio, formerly of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born July 18, 1935 in Dearborn County, Indiana, son of the late William C. and Mamie P. (Armstrong) Workman.Charles served his country as a member of the United States Army. Charles was very patriotic and was proud to have served his country in the army during the Korean Conflict.He worked as a Electronics teacher for Southeastern Career Center, retiring after over 15 years of service.Charles was a 61 year member at Life Church (formerly Alliance Church), Aurora, Indiana. He had served as Commander of DAV Post 75. Charles enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and photography.  In his early years Charles grew up on a farm. He enjoyed gardening, he helped Anna with all of her flower beds.  He owned and operated Charlie’s TV Repair Shop in Aurora, Indiana. Charles loved God, his family, and his country. He will be missed by all who knew him.Surviving are wife, Anna Lee Turner Workman of Harrison, OH; sons, Terrance “Terry” (Tina) Workman of Aurora, IN., Brian Workman (Kim Hopper) of Aurora, IN; brothers, Dale (Carol) Workman of Lawrenceburg, IN, David (Bonnie) Workman of Moores Hill, IN, William “Bill” Workman of Lawrenceburg, IN, Arthur “Art” (Leisha) Workman of Dillsboro, IN; 3 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Robert “Bob” Workman, Gerald Workman, and Donald Workman.Friends will be received Thursday, April 12, 2018, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Life Church, 201 W. Conwell St., Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the church at 2:00 pm with Brother Kenneth Hopper officiating.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Life Church. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more