Five Decades in Focus
A photographic history of Ireland's Stanislavski theatre
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About the Book
Irish Independent: "the book presents a rich flow of images of an enterprise which was remarkably inventive, stylish and experimental"... "a book for aficionados...who wish to celebrate excellence and to revisit old friends".
From 1963 to 2013 Dublin's Focus Theatre, Ireland’s only art-house theatre, entertained, challenged and provoked audiences and critics alike. Founder Deirdre O'Connell used Constantin Stanislavski's methods to train generations of brilliant Irish actors including Gabriel Byrne, Tom Hickey and Olwen Fouéré. Their performances are captured here in a unique collection of archival photographs taken by some of Ireland's best photographers. The book charts the experimental aspect of independent Irish theatre and design with images from early work by Jim Sheridan, Mary Elizabeth Burke Kennedy and Joan Bergin. Over 110 rare images show the emotion, the passion and the dedication in each Focus production. Beautifully designed and produced, the book also features valuable insights from Focus director Joe Devlin and playwright Brian McAvera.
Kate Horgan is an award-winning photojournalist who has worked widely in print media in Ireland and the United States. She is also a photo editor, book designer and researcher. Her publications include a photo-book documenting the last academic year of the Millennium at University College Dublin, with text by Frank McGuinness. Kate also trained as an actor with the Focus Theatre and has appeared in several stage and film productions.