Wednesday, 17 September 2014

"Unchanged but the Spirit..." - Join us for exhibition launch!

On Tuesday evening, 7th October, join us for the launch of a new exhibition celebrating the rich and fascinating shared history of Irish and Russian theatre. The exhibition draws on the extensive theatre archives of the Hardiman Library and also a collaboration with the Russian State Art Library, Moscow, who have contributed archive material never before exhibited in Ireland.

Entitled Unchanged But the Spirit . . ., being a quote from Anton Chekhov's classic play, The Seagull, explores how despite barriers of distance, language and time, the tradition of theatre challenging social, personal and political norms are common to both Irish and Russian drama, both steeped in a tradition where theatre has played prominent roles in cultural and national formation of state and citizen. The exhibition will feature material from the archives of Thomas Kilroy, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe and the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, documenting a performance history of The Seagull from the early 20th century to today. Material from the R.S.A.L will include images, programmes, press and photographs from the Moscow Art Theatre production of The Seagull which was directed by Constantin Stanislavsky in 1898, and further productions from throughout the 20th century.

The exhibition will be launched by Dr. Ian Walsh, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway and will include a talk to coincide with the exhibition. The launch will take place on 7th October at 6.00pm in the Hardiman Building, Seminar Room G011 (next to Moore Institute). For details contact

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