By John O'Riordan
An intensive consultant and research of playwright Sean O'Casey's works - performs and Playlets- through John O'Riordan. Touches on 23 of his O'Casey's works.
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Dolph us Grigson's afraid av nothin', creepin' or walkin',- if there's any one in the house thinks he's fit to take a fall out av Adolphus Grigson, he's here - a man; they'll find that Grigson's no soft thing. DAVOREN: Ah me, alas! pain, pain ever, for ever. MRS GRIGSON: Dolphie, dear, poor Mr Davoren wants to go to bed. DAVOREN: Oh, she's terribly anxious about poor Mr Davoren, all of a sudden. ADOLPHUS (stumbling towards DAVOREN, and holding out his hand): Davoren! He's a man. Leave it there, mate.
In Germany, its premiere at East Berlin's Kammerspiele des Deutschen Theaters, in 1954, directed by Rudolf Wessely, struck instant response, even though its revival in West Berlin in 1962 was less successful. In Italy, Florentine audiences responded warmly in 1968, when the visiting Abbey Company, on its first Italian tour, staged a hit, with Vincent Dowling's production, at the city's Teatro della Pergola. In the centennial year, 1980, Siobhan McKenna directed at Vienna's English Theatre. East German radio broadcast a centennial dramatisation, directed by Helmut Hellstorff, as did the BBC, with Bryan Murray and Alan Devlin in the leads.
His only saving grace is his penitence and recognition of himself as he really is; Seumas Shields, pretentious boaster, tinker, republican and coward - droll and garrulous and splendidly slippery as the precursor of O'Casey's 'paycock' breed and Falstaffian figure in the later 'Captain' Boyle-Fluther Good mould; Minnie Powell, the brave, pretty-girl innocent, but with enough roguishness to ensnare a saint, let alone a sceptical poet such as Davoren, and with enough simplicity and independent-mindedness to make her way in the world; Tommy Owens, diffident, twenty-five-year-old adulator and illiterate drunk, braggart and saloon-bar poltroon as well as smalldimensional humbug, dreaming of false escapism and heroism; Adolphus Grigson, roaring Orangeman and martinet of the lower tenement - a splendid embellishment of Irish truculence and bombast.
A Guide to O’Casey’s Plays: From the Plough to the Stars by John O'Riordan