Getting out of the House: Unorthodox Performance Spaces in Recent British and Irish Productions

  title={Getting out of the House: Unorthodox Performance Spaces in Recent British and Irish Productions},
  author={Sin{\'e}ad O'Neill},
  journal={The Opera Quarterly},
  pages={284 - 298}
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