Spring 2016 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin. The event will be commemorated at the National Theatre of Ireland with a production of Seán O’Casey’s play 'The Plough and the Stars' and, from July, a separate production at the Royal National Theatre in London.
What is the relationship of O’Casey’s play to the military events of 1916? Professor James Moran's seminar will explore how the insurrection was itself crafted by dramatists, with rebel leaders Thomas MacDonagh, Patrick Pearse, and James Connolly all rehearsing aspects of the Rising in the playhouse before they took on the British army in the streets of Dublin. It will show how O’Casey’s 'The Plough and the Stars' subsequently sought to contradict the political and dramaturgical choices of those Easter rebels, but reveal that O’Casey’s writings also contain a number of endorsements of the insurgent point of view.
James Moran is Professor of Modern English Literature and Drama at the University of Nottingham and author of 'Staging the Easter Rising' (2005), 'Irish Birmingham: A History' (2010), 'The Theatre of Seán O'Casey' (2013) and 'The Theatre of D.H. Lawrence' (2015).
All welcome, no booking required.
Please contact Lucy Bond at [email protected] for more information.