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The Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery autumn series continues with a lunchtime talk by Fíona Ní Bhriain. The first actress appeared on the legitimate stage in England following the Restoration of Charles II in 1660. Prior to this, female roles were played by male actors including famously Edward Kynaston. The idea of the actress has a complicated visual and cultural history in Britain and their status was the focus of endless moral and aesthetic debate. This lecture will examine the appeal of the female performer by discussing their pioneering roles, their heightened visibility in public through the fashioning of image and celebrity and the balancing act they played between virtue and notoriety. Admission €5 | Third Level Students Free with valid ID All Welcome!
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