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And an “innocent,” already infected. Two women. ’ The play is set in a parish hall and the production seemed to borrow much from the ‘theater-of-image’ developed by Mac Intyre with director Patrick Mason – hardly surprising given that it was directed by Tom Hickey, actor in The Great Hunger and the third of the central ﬁgures of that Abbey collaboration of the 1980s. This referencing of a traditional performance form may not have been very successful in this production. ’23 Calendar festivals Calendar festivals are another source of folk tradition and ritual, and have been documented in detail by Kevin Danaher, E.
The Catholic population argues that the parades are performed to make something happen socially – to reinforce and even create an uneven power relationship between the two communities. As in the case of the Pride Day event, both aspects are present. Certainly, intentions vary among participants. Moreover, at any given moment, events of the most serious kind may include the ludic, and moments of fun. I would suggest that large-scale public events be measured on a continuum from the more festive, inversive, and carnivalesque to the more speciﬁcally ritualesque.
Davis and Peter Holland (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), 135–58, 136. 3 Franz Fanon, ‘On National Culture,’ in Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory, eds. Patrick Williams and Laura Chrisman (New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993), 36–52, 46. 4 Mummers dressed in straw costumes moved from house to house performing a ‘battle’ between two key ﬁgures, such as St George and St Patrick, or King James and King William, and the outcome of the play would be determined by the politics of each household or audience.