Sean O' Casey's first three plays - The Shadow of the Gunman, Juno and the Paycock and The Plough and the Stars - were all premiered at Dublin's Abbey Theatre in the 1920s, with the last one causing riots that led the playwright to re-locate to London. According to a programme note, two of the Abbey's directors - WB Yeats and Lennox Robinson - visited the playwright in London imploring him to... Read more
The Silver Tassie
Ireland, World War One. Dashing Harry Heegan leads his football team to victory, arriving home in swaggering celebration before he grabs his kit and heads for the trenches. A nightmare world awaits. The men, reduced to cannon-fodder, speak in mangled incantations as the casualties stack up. Months later, Harry returns, a cripple at the football club party. Everyone but the shattered war veterans dances and forgets.