Mr D Grant

Drama department, School of Languages, Literatures and Arts
Queen’s University Belfast

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Biography and Irish Studies research interests
David Grant has worked extensively in theatre throughout Ireland as a director and critic. He has been Managing Editor of Theatre Ireland magazine, Programme Director of the Dublin Theatre Festival and Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.Research interests include the development of youth theatre, theatre-in-education and theatre for young audiences and its impact on mainstream work, and Irish theatre in the twentieth century, with a special emphasis on recent new writing from the north of Ireland. He has directed more than a hundred theatre productions in contexts ranging from Her Majesty's Prison Maghabery to London's Royal National Theatre. Recent productions include a stage adaptation of Seamus Heaney's Beowulf, Marie Jones’ version of Gogol’s The Government Inspector and a Hungarian-language production of Brian Friel's Translations for the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj in Romania. Recent publications include ‘A Romanian Perspective on Brian Friel’s Translations’, Text & Presentation (Journal of the Comparative Drama Conference), University of Ohio, April 2004; ‘Language, Culture & Politics: A Theatrical Perspective’, Towards Our Goals in Broadcasting, the Press, the Performing Arts and the Economy (eds. John M Kirk and Donall P. O Baoill, Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics 10, Clo Ollscoil na Banriona, Belfast 2003.

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Selected Publications
1. 1990, The Crack in the Emerald, New Irish Plays (ed.), Nick Hern Books, London
2. 1993, Playing the Wild Card: Community Drama and Small Scale Theatre in Northern Ireland,Community Relations Council, Belfast
3. 2001, ‘The Playwrights’ in Stepping Stones (eds. Carruthers and Douds), Blackstaff Press, Belfast
4. 2004, The Stagecraft of Brian Friel, Greenwich Exchange Books, London