‘Outstanding’ production of Keane classic

‘Outstanding’ production of Keane classic
Michael Harding as The Bull McCabe in The Field

Theatre: The Field. By John B Keane. Directed by Padraic McIntyre. Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, until May 30. Rating: *****. Reviewed by Susan Mitchell.

John B Keane’s iconic play The Field was first staged in 1965; Ray McAnally took the lead role and Keane’s late brother Eamon played ‘The Bird’ O’Donnell. Fifty years on, and its popularity has not waned. (This anniversary production of the play has been in such demand that the run has been extended by two weeks, until May 30.)

In penning the script, Keane was said to be influenced largely by the killing of...

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