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This four act play set in war-torn Dublin in 1916 portrays the needs and aspirations of a group of neighbours in a timeless story containing elements of both tragedy and humour. The characters are both loveable and at times, irritating. Uncle Peter, who appears resolutely stuck in the past and at war with himself and those around him, sees Covey, a young man seeking to move forward, as his tormentor. Nora a young wife desperately tries to persuade her husband not to go to war, while Fluther Good weaves a seam of goodness throughout the play. People of different religious persuasions rub shoulders, and loyalties are frequently stretched as the story moves towards an ending full of pathos: prejudices are never far away in this tight knit community. To mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, Howard Davies, who memorably brought O'Casey's The Silver Tassie to the NT stage in 2014, now tackles his greatest play.Performers Stephen Kennedy, Justine Mitchell, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Adam Best, Cavan Clarke, Siobhan Cullen, Kieran Gough, Lloyd Gough, Grainne Keenan, Padraig Lynch, Lucia McAnespie, Caolan McCarthy, Niamh McGowan, Justine Mitchell, Christopher Patrick Nolan, Roisin O'Neill, Richard Pryal, Judith Roddy, Eoin Slattery, Josie Walker, Fionn Walton.
Author Sean O'Casey. Producer National Theatre. Director Howard Davies. Director Jeremy Herrin. Design Vicki Mortimer. Lighting James Farncombe. Music Stephen Warbeck. Sound Paul Groothuis. Director Kate Waters (fight director). Director John Haidar (staff director).
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