The Plough and the Stars    by Se├ín O'Casey

Featured in the 2008 Festival


Tragicomedy set in a Dublin tenement district late in 1915 and early in 1916, before and during the Easter Rebellion, whose participants fight under the banner of Irish independence, the plough and the stars. Peace-loving Nora Clitheroe, a pregnant young bride, tries to prevent her husband Jack from becoming a commandant in the Irish Citizen Army. Their boarders and neighbours include Peter Flynn, an old Irish Patriot; "the Covey," an ineffectual Communist; Fluther Good, an easygoing Catholic; Bessie Burgess, a hymn-singing drunk who is loyal to the Crown; and Rosie Redmond, a tart.