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Stewart Parker's Belfast: Babylon or New Jerusalem?

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Pentecost, a play by Stewart Parker (1941-1989), even if written in 1987, stages five characters imprisoned in a house because of the Loyalist Workers Council's strike which brought down the Executive of the power-sharing government in Northern Ireland in 1974. Parker, though reared in a Protestant working-class family, gives a critical insight into this event which he qualified to be the worst Northern Ireland ever experienced. His play is set in Belfast, more precisely in Ballyhackamorre, a Protestant area in the east of the city. The notion of space is indeed essential in this part of the globe where the two communities, i.e. Protestant and Catholic, have felt dispossessed for centuries and have since tried to define their territories through flags, colours and murals
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halshs-00441208 , version 1 (15-12-2009)

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Virginie Privas. Stewart Parker's Belfast: Babylon or New Jerusalem?. 2006. ⟨halshs-00441208⟩
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