Teresa Deevy, a Deaf Artist: Dublin Theatre of the Deaf in Conversation

Una Kealy (Editor), Kate Mc Carthy (Editor)

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This chapter presents an edited version of an interpreted and transcribed conversation between members of Dublin Theatre of the Deaf Alvean Jones and Lianne Quigley and performance artist Amanda Coogan in conversation about Teresa Deevy and the process and experience of 'shapeshifting' Deevy's one-act play The King of Spain's Daughter to create a production entitled Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady, produced by Live Collision and staged at the Peacock Theatre during Irish Sign Language Awareness Week in 2017.

Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady constituted an important event in Irish performance practice in that it was designed to be equally accessible to Deaf and hearing audiences. This chapter reveals the choices and values that Deaf theatre makers pursued and prioritised while ‘shapeshifting’ an early twentieth century one-act play by a Deaf playwright therein exploring and exposing the hierarchies, abuses and directionality of power in historic and contemporary Ireland.
Original languageEnglish (Ireland)
Title of host publicationActive Speech
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Perspectives on Teresa Deevy
EditorsUna Kealy, Kate McCarthy
PublisherOpen Book Publishers
Publication statusIn preparation - 2023


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