Interview with Marina Carr

TitleInterview with Marina Carr
DescriptionMarina Carr (1964- ) is a playwright from Dublin. Carr holds a BA in English and Philosophy from the University College Dublin, alongside an honorary Doctorate of Literature from the same institution. Carr’s debut play, Ullaloo, was published in 1989, and since then, she has acquired an incredibly prolific career. Some of her most notable works include Portia Coughlan (1996), By the Bogs of Cats (1998),  Woman and Scarecrow (2004), and Hecuba (2015). As of 2024, her most recent play is Audrey or Sorrow (2024). Carr has won various prizes for her body of work, including the Irish Times Playwright Award (1998), the Macaulay Fellowship, the Hennessy Award, and the Windham-Campbell Literature Award (2017). In addition to her writing career, Carr has also taught at universities, such as University College Dublin.

In this interview, Carr discusses contemporary theatre and the process of playwriting, sharing insights on the creation of a character, while describing anecdotes of her life. Aside from the aforementioned, considering her then-released adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (2016), Carr sheds light on the practice of adapting a novel, the production aspect of a play, and language, most specifically about how Hiberno-English shapes her art. Furthermore, Carr converses about writing and politics, questioning the meaning of writing and writers in a larger socio-political context alongside the importance given to the author over the art and the culture of the man-messiah.

The interview was conducted by Alinne Fernandes, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer of the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in the English Department, at the Henrique Fontes Auditorium-UFSC in Florianópolis, Brazil as part of the II Jornada do Núcleo de Estudos Irlandeses, “Protean Spaces in Irish Literature, Theatre and Film”, on November 7th, 2017.
ParticipantsMarina Carr, Alinne Balduino P. Fernandes
DateNovember 7th, 2017
Subjectcontemporary theatre; theatre adaptation; language; politics;
RightsAlinne Balduino P. Fernandes

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