(Donald Mahoney’s article appeared in Irish Theatre Magazine, 8/28.)
One of the more memorable moments in Druid’s epic production of Sean O’Casey’s first World War lament The Silver Tassie, has nothing to do with battle. In the beginning of the final act, Sylvester Heegan (Eamon Morrissey) and Simon Norton (John Olohan) are enjoying some banter at a dance in honour of Irish World War veterans when a phone rings. The duo is frightened at first, and then both thwarted in their attempts to communicate with the voice inside the machine. The caller and his message are never known and the drama quickly returns to O’Casey’s central task: relentlessly attacking the Great War through poetry, song and dance.
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