The Lost Tribe in the Mirror: Four Playwrights of Northern Ireland (paperback)
About the book…
The Lost Tribe in the Mirror explores the legacies of four Northern Irish
playwrights: Sam Thompson, Stewart Parker, Gary Mitchell and Marie Jones.
Johnston’s engaging and balanced study focuses on the four writers’ central concern: the laying out and reconfiguration of the Northern Irish Protestant imagination. Beginning with the Ulster Literary Theatre a problematic offshoot of the Celtic Renaissance Johnston charts the peculiarities, tones, and strategies of Protestant self-expression on stage. From Sam Thompson’s brutal expose of sectarianism in Over the Bridge, Stewart Parker’s more playful explorations of the Protestant psyche, to the experimental responses to post-ceasefire ‘troubles’ and dilemmas of Gary Mitchell and Marie Jones, Johnston highlights the cultural and personal tensions between artists and the dramatisation of their communities.