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An in depth advisor and research of playwright Sean O'Casey's works - performs and Playlets- through John O'Riordan. Touches on 23 of his O'Casey's works.

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East German radio broadcast a centennial dramatisation, directed by Helmut Hellstorff, as did the BBC, with Bryan Murray and Alan Devlin in the leads. The play has also been performed in cities as diverse as Warsaw (1955) and Teheran (1980). A Gaelic version appeared in 1940 at Galway's Taibhdhearc Theatre, directed by Walter Macken. Published translations are available in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Roumanian, Russian, Persian and Polish (details of which, and those referred to at the conclusion of each subsequent chapter, can be found in Ronald Ayling and Michael J.

The characters are neither heroes nor villains, but some magical mix of both. Like those in The Shadow rif a Gunman, they are of the same hardihood as American Westerners (tough of fibre and filled with the vigorous juice of life) whom they indigenously resemble. ' as his butty and drinking companion, 'Joxer' Daly, one of the residents in his tenement, alludes to him in one of his more ungracious and sardonically malicious moments.

A naturalistic interpretation is called for, with undertones offarce and satire, culminating in black tragedy. The combination of riotous laughter and grimmest tragedy are concomitant throughout and it is a prominent feature of all the dramatist's subsequent plays. O'Casey is a master of the genre; and in the switchback ride from comic farce to tragic bathos, there is none to equal him; not even Shakespeare - in truest tragicomic mode or kaleidoscopic approach. Although labelled 'A Tragedy in Two Acts', the play is not a tragedy in the traditional sense: its ribbon of technique represents a tapestry of constantly changing contrasts.

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