Episode #21: Bernadette Devlin McAliskey – “A Terrible State o’ Chassis”

We are seeing Ireland north and south being sold to corporate powers Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is Ireland’s finest political orator, and a key figure in recent political history. In this lecture she takes as her theme a line from playwright Sean O’Casey, ‘A Terrible State o’ Chassis’, where chassis means ‘crisis’. While still a student

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Podcast Archive

All our podcast episodes in one place. Episode 21: Bernadette Devlin McAliskey – “A Terrible State o’ Chassis” Listen Episode 20: Seamus Deane on Georg Lukács: Listen Episode 19: Ciara Chambers on Irish Newsreels: Listen Episode 18: Roddy Flynn and Tony Tracy on Irish Film: Listen Episode 17: Jonathan Rayner on the Mad Max films:

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Welcome to the Field Day Podcast

Our current episode is a live recording of a lecture given by Bernadette Devlin McAliskey in Derry in 2016. ‘A Terrible State o’ Chassis’ was the 2nd Annual Seamus Deane Lecture. It’s a stirring account of how Troubles and Peace Process politics are obscuring our view of the really significant change taking place in Ireland

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Select Items from the Field Day Archive

BBC Arena documentary on Field Day made for the premiere of Brian Friel’s ‘Making History’ in 1988



BBC Radio Ulster program on the Field Day Production of Sam Shepard’s ‘A Particle of Dread’ at Signature Theater, New York, November 2014.



Andrew Carpenter, Charlie Haughey & Seamus Deane

Editor Andrew Carpenter, An Taoiseach Charles Haughey & General Editor Seamus Deane at the launch of the Field Day Anthology, Newman House, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin




Stephen Rea and Seamus Heaney
Cure at Troy rehearsals, Derry


Stephen Rea as Oscar Wilde

Stephen Rea as Oscar Wilde in Terry Eagleton’s Saint Oscar, London, 1989


Stephen Rea, Colm Meaney, Niall Buggy



Book launch invitation


L-R: Tom Kilroy, Kate O’Toole, Jim Sheridan






Kate O’Toole

RTÉ radio documentary on the 25th anniversary (1995) of the premiere of Brian Friel’s ‘Translations’.



Field Day’s ‘A Particle of Dread’, by Sam Shepard, excerpt of the production at the Playhouse, Derry, December 2013.



The Story of Field Day.  2006 BBC documentary.



Episode #10: Tina-Karen Pusse on Jordan Peterson, Identity Politics and the Online Culture Wars

The provocative and inflammatory punditry of Jordan Peterson is coming to Ireland. In this interview, Tina-Karen Pusse sketches and critiques the politics of libertarianism and the New Right and anti-feminism that will draw crowds to Dublin’s 3Arena on 14 July. ‘Winning the War of Ideas’ will feature Jordan Peterson, Sam Harris, and Douglas Murray.  Anticipating

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