An Exploration of Charabanc Theatre Company and their effect on the evolution of Northern Irish Theatre
(2014) An Exploration of Charabanc Theatre Company and their effect on the evolution of Northern Irish Theatre, no. 47.
This study explores the inception and evolution of Northern Irish based Theatre Company Charabanc. Interpreting their contributions to the progression of the arts sector in Northern Ireland, the emphasis of the study derives from its primary sources. Influencing gender equality, locality and exploration of national identity their company history is documented using five interviews. Contact with three of the original five company co-founders, Marie Jones, Eleanor Methven and Carol Moore respectively serve as an authority on company origins and development. Alongside this are interviews with Northern Irish actress Olivia Nash; whose career spans prior to and across Charabanc's development and an interview with actress and writer Bronagh Taggart who emerged as a Northern Irish artist subsequent to Charabanc's success. Information gathered from these interviews are examined in conjunction with academic literature, original scripts and previous studies of the company to explore the extent of their success and influence. The findings of the study focus on a revelation of the company's effect as artists. The crux of which reveals their infamy should lie out with their role as women in theatre. The results of the study articulate their fundamental identity as Northern Irish artists; which far exceeds any recognition of their legacy as women within the arts.