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This third richly varied collection of plays by Marina Carr was published to coincide with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s premiere of Hecuba at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, in September 2015.
Sixteen Possible Glimpses imagines sixteen fleeting moments in Anton Chekhov’s short life and work. Phaedra Backwards retells the Phaedra myth to discover what shaped her. The Map of Argentina offers a meditation on love and what happens when it is denied, or pursued and hunted down. Hecuba was written in reaction to the bad press this Trojan queen receives, and reimagines how she may have suffered and reacted. Indigo is a dark and passionate romance amongst fairies, demons, ghouls and every sort of fantastic creature out of folklore and myth.
What marks out Carr's work is her knowing compassion for the damaged, the distraught, for those who howl and rage as they rush towards their inevitable doom.
Not only one of the finest women playwrights of her generation, but simply one of the finest playwrights of any generation.
Marina Carr goes to a deep place that has not just to do with society now but that touches an inner tragedy of existence. The female quality of her writing comes through not only in the way she writes about women, it's in the physicality in her writing. She is right in there with the cycles of life, with the blood and the dirt.
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