Friday July 3, 2020

Theatre: Classic staging of O’Casey drama stands up

This poignant new Gate production stays true to O’Casey’s original intentions

6th March, 2016
Derbhle Crotty in Juno and the Paycock at the Gate Theatre. Photo Pat Redmond

Is Juno and the Paycock a comedy or a tragedy? Sean O’Casey always put his much-loved Civil War drama in the latter category, but confused matters by giving it some of the funniest characters he ever created.

This poignant new Gate production stays true to O’Casey’s original intentions, toning down the music hall knockabout, and never flinching from the harsh realities of life in a 1920s Dublin tenement.

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