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Charabanc Theater Company



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General Information

Charabanc Theatre Company (founded by Sarah (Marie) Jones, Maureen Macauley, Eleanor Methven, Carol Scanlan (Moore), and Brenda Winter) operated with distinction in Belfast from 1983 until 1995. Early plays were devised by members of the company, which toured productions throughout Ireland, as well as to England, Scotland, North America, and the Soviet Union. Thanks to Artistic Directors Eleanor Methven and Carol Moore, and to Boise State University, program and poster materials are now available (for research use only).

Company Productions

  • 1983 Lay Up Your Ends (Martin Lynch and the Company)
  • 1984 Oul Delf and False Teeth (Marie Jones, Martin Lynch, and the Company)
  • 1985 Now You're Talkin' (Marie Jones and the Company)
  • 1986 The Girls in the Big Picture (Marie Jones; devised by the Company)
  • 1986 Gold in the Streets (Marie Jones, devised by the Company)
  • 1987 Somewhere Over the Balcony (Marie Jones)
  • 1988 Terrible Twins Crazy Christmas (1988)
  • 1989 Cauterised (Neill Speers)
  • 1989 The Stick Wife (Darrah Cloud)
  • 1989 Weddins, Wee'ins and Wakes (Marie Jones)
  • 1990 Blind Fiddler of Glenaduach (Marie Jones)
  • 1990 The Hampster Wheel (Marie Jones)
  • 1991 Bondagers (Sue Glover)
  • 1991 Frontline Café (Thomas McLaughlin)
  • 1991 Me and My Friend (Gillian Plowman)
  • 1992 October Song (Andrew Hinds)
  • 1992 Skirmishes (Catherine Hayes)
  • 1993 The House of Bernards Alba (Federico Garcia Lorca, adapted by Lynne Parker)
  • 1993 The Illusion (Corneille, adapted by Peter Sheridan)
  • 1994 Iron May Sparkle (Thomas McLaughlin)
  • 1994 Vinegar Fly (Nick Perry)
  • 1995 A Wife, a Dog, and a Maple Tree (Sue Ashby)

Play Scripts

Linen Hall Library (Belfast) has a complete collection of the scripts devised and written by and for the Company, including the unpublished scripts. Linen Hall also holds the largest archive collection related to the Company. University of Notre Dame library has a large collection of typescripts and other materials.

Scripts in Print

  • Four Plays: "Inventing Women's Work." Ed. Claudia Harris. Colin Smythe: Oxford, 2006. (Includes Now You're Talkin', Gold in the Streets, The Girls in the Big Picture, and Somewhere Over the Balcony.)
  • The Hampster Wheel. In The Crack in the Emerald. Ed. David Grant. Nick Hern Books: Dublin, 1990.
  • Somewhere Over the Balcony. In Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology. Ed. Helen Gilbert. Routledge: London, 2001.


  • "Challenging Cultural Certainties: An Interview with Charabanc's Artistic Directors." Interview with Helen Lojek. Causeway [Belfast] (Autumn 1994). 48-51.
  • "Eleanor Methven and Carol Moore (Scanlan) in Conversation with Helen Lojek." Theatre Talk: Voices of Irish Theatre Practitioners. Ed. Lilian Chambers, Ger FitzGibbon and Eamonn Jordan. Carysfort Press: Dublin, 2001. 342-51.
  • "Marie Jones in Conversation with Pat Moylan." Theatre Talk: Voices of Irish Theatre Practitioners. Ed. Lilian Chambers, Ger FitzBibbon and Eamonn Jordan. Carysfort Press: Dublin, 2001. 213-219.
  • "Seeding New Writing, Seeking More Analysis: Belfast's Charabanc Theatre Company." Interview with Helen Lojek. Irish Studies Review 8 (Autumn 1994): 30-34.

Secondary Sources

  • DiCenzo, Maria R. "Charabanc Theatre Company: Placing Women Center-Stage in Northern Ireland." Theatre Journal [Dublin] 45:173-84.
  • Foley, Imelda. "Charabanc Theatre Company and Marie Jones: Not That Kind of War." In The Girls in the Big Picture: Gender in Contemporary Ulster Theatre, by Imelda Foley. Blackstaff Press: Belfast, 2003. 29-57.
  • Harris, Claudia. "Reinventing Women: Charabanc Theatre Company: Recasting Northern Ireland's Story." In The State of Play: Irish Theatre in the Nineties. Ed. Eberhard Bort. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag: Trier, 1996.
  • _____. "Inventing Women's Work: The Legacy of the Charabanc Theatre." Introduction to Four Plays: 'Inventing Women's Work.' Ed. Claudia Harris. Colin Smythe: London, 2006. ix-lii.
  • Lojek, Helen. "Charabanc Theatre Company's Lay Up Your Ends, 1983." New Hibernia Review. 2:3 (Autumn 1998). 102-116.
  • _____. "Playing Politics with Belfast's Charabanc Theatre Company." Politics and Performance in Contemporary Northern Ireland. Ed. John Harrington and Elizabeth Mitchell. UMassP, 1999. 82-102.
  • _____. "Troubling Perspectives: Northern Ireland, the 'Troubles' and Drama." In A Companion to Modern British and Irish Drama (1880-2005). Ed. Mary Luckhurst. Blackwell: London, 2006. 329-340.
  • Maguire, Tom. Making Theatre in Northern Ireland: Through and beyond the Troubles. UExeterP, 2006. 109-17 and passim.
  • Martin, Carol. "Charabanc Theatre Company: 'Quare' Women 'sleggin' and 'Geggin' the Standards of Northern Ireland by 'Tappin' the People." The Drama Review 31:2 (1987) 88-99.
  • O'Toole, Fintan. "Somewhere Over the Balcony." Review. Reprinted in Critical Moments: Fintan O'Toole on Modern Theatre. Ed. Julia Furay and Redmond O'Hanlon. Carysfort: Dublin, 20003. 62-3.
  • Sullivan, Megan. "'Politics, That's the Nub of It': Charabanc Theatre Company and the (Collective) Economy of Production." In Women in Northern Ireland: Cultural Studies and Material Conditions, by Megan Sullivan. UP of Florida, 1999. 137-67.
  • Wilmer, Steve. "Women's Theatre in Northern Ireland." New Theatre Quarterly 7:28 (Nov 1991) 353-60.