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Another Lyric first for Dan as theatre stages first ‘Gunman’ production for 10 years | Belfast Media Group

Another Lyric first for Dan as theatre stages first ‘Gunman’ production for 10 years | Belfast Media Group | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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March 30 1880 – Birth of playwright Sean O’Casey in Dublin.

March 30 1880 – Birth of playwright Sean O’Casey in Dublin. | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Birth of Irish playwright Seán O’Casey, born John Casey or John Cassidy. A 1965 film titled Young Cassidy, starring Rod Taylor is a Biographical drama based on the early years of his life depicting...
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On O’Casey by Three Irish Actors

On O’Casey by Three Irish Actors | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
As Seán O’Casey’s play “The Silver Tassie” is revived at London’s National Theatre, three Irish actors tell The Guardian how they feel about famed playwright. “I'd say he's on a par with your Shake...
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'Ireland's Shakespeare': three actors on Seán O'Casey - The Guardian

'Ireland's Shakespeare': three actors on Seán O'Casey - The Guardian | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
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'Ireland's Shakespeare': three actors on Seán O'Casey
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O'Casey is woven into the Irish consciousness. We've got a number of playwrights that mean a lot to us, but I'd say he's on a par with your Shakespeare.
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Four hard men of the apocalypse - Irish Times

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Four hard men of the apocalypse
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“The 1960s must have been as hard on Irish writers as it was on international rock stars.
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Mary Morrissy interview: 'The romance of a crimson coat'

Mary Morrissy interview: 'The romance of a crimson coat' | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Here's an interview I did with Reuters - this has appeared in media as far-flung as the Hindustan Times.  Reuters writer David Cutler put this one together and did a great job. When the Irish 20th ...

 

When the Irish 20th century playwright Sean O’Casey (above)  came to write his autobiography, he failed to mention the impoverished last decade of his only sister’s life. It was this act of ‘literary murder’ that prompted Irish writer Mary Morrissy to write The Rising of Bella Casey, published  under the Brandon imprint by O’Brien Press, Ireland’s leading children’s publisher, in its first foray into adult fiction.

Morrissy, a historical novelist who has been described as “Ireland’s Hilary Mantel”, published her first novel, Mother of Pearl, in 1995. Her second novel, The Pretender, was the fictional portrait of a woman who convinced the world she was the Grand Duchess Anastasia and had survived the slaughter of Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II and his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

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'Shadow of a Gunman': A tale of troubles, reflecting our own

'Shadow of a Gunman': A tale of troubles, reflecting our own | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
Sean O'Casey's Shadow of a Gunman references many particulars of the bloody 1918-21 Irish War for Independence: the Black and Tans, the Battle of Vinegar Hill, the back-and-forth trading of Irish ambushes and British slaughters.
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Sean O'Casey - Irish musical 'Juno' comes with mixed blessings

Sean O'Casey - Irish musical 'Juno' comes with mixed blessings | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
THEATER REVIEW: "Juno" at TimeLine Theatre ★★½ Sean O'Casey's dark, restless drama begins with the brutal shooting of a young Irish man by British forces during the Irish War of Independence ...
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The Silver Tassie: Sean O'Casey and the Abbey Theatre - YouTube

In 1928 Sean O'Casey submitted The Silver Tassie to the Abbey Theatre, after four months of discussion the play was rejected by the theatre and resulted in a...
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Culture Shock: Knowing better than trying to out-buffoon the buffoon

Culture Shock: Knowing better than trying to out-buffoon the buffoon | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it

Consider, for example, the Abbey’s greatest tragedy, Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock. It is, surely, in its heart- wrenching agony, a million miles from Boucicault’s slathers of sentiment and sensation in The Colleen Bawn, which is now thrillingly revived by Garry Hynes for Druid. Except that O’Casey owes his disreputable predecessor almost as much as the overmortgaged Cregan family in The Colleen Bawnowe the despicable lawyer Corrigan.

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The Rising of Bella Casey by Mary Morrissy – Guardian Review

The Rising of Bella Casey by Mary Morrissy – Guardian Review | The Irish Literary Times | Scoop.it
His sister Bella hardly featured in Sean O'Casey's autobiography but Morrissy fills in the missing years

 

The playwright Sean O Casey composed six volumes of autobiography but didn't reserve much space for his sister, Bella, whom he killed off at least a decade earlier than her actual demise during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918. Fifteen years older, and practically a second mother to him, her principal sin was that of marrying a common soldier, thus throwing away the advantages of an above-average education "for the romance of a crimson coat". Morrissy's novel restores the missing years and invents some fairly convincing extenuating circumstances 

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