Sean Holmes’s production of The Plough and the Stars begins with a striking moment of contemporary address. Young consumptive Mollser walks through the audience to access the stage, and sings the national anthem in an uncertain raspy voice. On the Saturday afternoon on which I saw the play, the audience rose to their feet, unprompted, to join her in a rousing rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann. As the audience took over, however, Mollser began to...
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