Playboys, Paycocks and Playbills: Abbey Theatre Poster Design 1970s – 1980s Exhibition
07 September 2012 - 27 October 2012
glór Irish Music Centre, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co Clare
glór is delighted to be playing host to an exhibition of posters from the collection of the National Print Museum. The posters are largely the work of two graphic artists, Kevin Scally and Brendan Foreman. They worked as in-house designers in the Abbey Theatre from 1974-79 and 1980-88 respectively. Posters had not played a major role in the early years of the Abbey. They were often little more than public notices giving limited details of the play, performance times and dates. However by the 1970s there was a growing awareness of the importance of theatre poster design. Posters could convey the spirit and nature of a production and entice audiences into the theatre. They were also one of the few tangible records of a production once its run had ended, and many have since become collectors' items.
Playboys, Paycocks and Playbills includes work by writers such as Anton Checkov, G.B. Shaw, Brien Friel, Samuel Beckett, Flann O'Brien, Tom Murphy, Shakespeare and Clare's own Edna O'Brien. It is a fascinating archive of some of the iconic theatre images of our time and is well worth a visit. The National Print Museum collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible the material evidence of printing craft and fosters associated skills of the craft in Ireland.
10am - 5pm │GalleryFree of Charge