The Abbey Theatre presents the Druid production of
26 August - 16 September 2023
Written by Sean O'Casey
Directed by Garry Hynes
Dates: 26 August – 16 September
On the Abbey stage
Trilogy: €55 – €99 / Conc. €50 – €89
Single performances: €20 – €48 / Conc. €20 – €39
A Druid production of Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy: The Plough and the Stars, The Shadow of a Gunman, and Juno and the Paycock
A century ago, Ireland was reborn in the fires of rebellion and war. The playwright Sean O’Casey bore witness to these seismic events and dramatised them as the Dublin Trilogy, three great works of Irish theatre, full of history, humanity and humour.
100 years later, Druid will weave O’Casey’s three plays into an epic theatrical event of conflict, national identity and the human toll of war, DruidO’Casey.
Audiences will experience O’Casey’s work as never before: directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes, a company of 18 actors will perform the three plays in one day, drawing parallels between an Irish past and an international present.
DruidO’Casey begins with The Plough and the Stars, the story of newlyweds Jack and Nora Clitheroe living in a city on the brink of rebellion in 1916.
In The Shadow of a Gunman, Donal Davoren, Seumas Shields and Minnie Powell find themselves tragically tangled up in the Irish War of Independence.
The saga ends with Juno and the Paycock and the Boyle family who see their fortunes dashed amidst the upheaval of the Irish Civil War.
Renowned for their previous play cycles (DruidSynge, DruidMurphy and DruidShakespeare), DruidO’Casey will be the most ambitious production in Druid’s history.
Trilogy Running Order
The Trilogy will be performed in full on 26 & 30 August, 2, 6, 9, 13 & 16 September
12.30pm – 3.15pm: The Plough and the Stars (includes 15 minute interval)
4pm – 5.45pm: The Shadow of a Gunman (includes 15 minute interval)
7.30pm – 10pm: Juno and the Paycock (includes 15 minute interval
Single Play Performances
The Plough and the Stars: 29 August, 5 & 12 September, 7.30pm
The Shadow of a Gunman: 31 August, 7 & 14 September, 7.30pm
Juno and the Paycock: 1, 8 & 15 September, 7.30pm
For extra information, please visit Druid.ie.
- Cast: Gabriel Adewusi
- Cast: Tara Cush
- Cast: Zara Devlin
- Cast: Caitríona Ennis
- Cast: Hilda Fay
- Cast: Tommy Harris
- Cast: Anna Healy
- Cast: Liam Heslin
- Cast: Bosco Hogan
- Cast: Sean Kearns
- Cast: Sophie Lenglinger
- Cast: Garrett Lombard
- Cast: Aaron Monaghan
- Cast: Sarah Morris
- Cast: Rory Nolan
- Cast: Robbie O'Connor
- Cast: Marty Rea
- Cast: Catherine Walsh
- Writer: Sean O'Casey
- Director: Garry Hynes
- Set and Costume Design: Francis O'Connor
- Co-costume Design: Clíodhna Hallissey
- Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
- Sound Design: Gregory Clarke
- Movement Director: David Bolger
- Composer and Musical Director: Conor Linehan
- Casting Director: Amy Rowan
- Hair and Make-up Design: Gráinne Coughlan
- Associate Director: Sarah Baxter
- Assistant Director: Katie O'Halloran
- Assistant Lighting Design: Suzie Cummins
- Publicity Image: 'Attention' by Mick O'Dea, acrylic on canvas, based on a photograph by Jack Leonard
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