There's such poetry in the language and humanity in the performances that we become fully immersed in its world. Sean O'Casey's sprawling but sensational 1926 play pulses with real life -- and so does the National Theatre's beautiful new production, co-directed by Jeremy Herrin and Howard Davies with an aching, unpatronising sensitivity to the hardships of life it portrays amongst the Dublin tenements before and in the midst of the Easter Rising in 1916. Read more
Sean O’Casey places a fixed lens to watch as a dozen vivid characters come and go – selfless, hilarious and desperate by turns – while the heroic myth of Ireland is fought over elsewhere.
From November 1915 to Easter 1916, as the rebellion builds to a climax half a mile away, the disparate residents of a Dublin tenement go about their lives, peripheral to Ireland’s history.