Field Day publishes works of literary criticism, history, politics and cultural studies. In spring 2005 it launched Field Day Review, an annual journal primarily concerned with Irish literary and political culture. Field Day’s backlist includes Seamus Heaney’s Sweeney Astray (1983) and the Field Day Pamphlets (1983–88), a series of fifteen essays on culture and politics by, amongst others, Seamus Deane (the series editor), Terry Eagleton, Fredric Jameson, Tom Paulin and Edward Said. It also published The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, 5 vols. (1991, 2002) and Critical Conditions(1996–2005), fifteen essay collections on issues in Irish cultural studies. These books have appeared under Field Day’s own imprint and in association with several respected presses, notably Faber and Faber, Gallery Press, W. W. Norton, Cork University Press, University of Minnesota Press and University of Notre Dame Press.
Brian Friel and Stephen Rea established Field Day as a theatre company in 1980. Beginning with Friel’s Translations (1980), the company produced and toured over a dozen plays, including world premières of Friel’s The Communication Cord (1982) and Making History (1988), Derek Mahon’s High Time(1984), Paulin’s The Riot Act (1984), Thomas Kilroy’s Double Cross (1986), Stewart Parker’s Pentecost (1987), Eagleton’s Saint Oscar (1989) and Heaney’s The Cure at Troy (1990).