Theatre: Casey’s anti-war play still packs a punch

Theatre: The Shadow of a Gunman. By Sean O’Casey. Directed by Wayne Jordan. Abbey Theatre until August 1. Rating ****. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden

21st June, 2015
Theatre: Casey’s anti-war play still packs a punch
Mark O’Halloran and David Ganly in Shadow of a gunman

It may be the least performed of Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy, but 92 years after its premiere on the Abbey stage The Shadow of a Gunman is still a powerful reminder of how civilians suffer most in war. Like The Plough And The Stars and Juno And The Paycock, the play is set in a tenement and uses tragicomedy, at which O’Casey excels, to explore its anti-war themes.

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