(Peter Crawley’s article appeared in the Irish Times, 10/28.)

The Abbey will “interrogate rather than celebrate” the legacy of the Easter Rising, its director Senator Fiach Mac Conghail said while announcing a programme to mark the centenary of the events of 1916.

Entitled Waking the Nation, next year’s programme will include three world premieres of new Irish plays, to be staged “in a conversation” with new productions of familiar classics from the Abbey’s repertoire, including Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars, Frank McGuinness’s Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme and Tom Murphy’s The Wake.


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