Sean O'Casey's plays are rooted in the finest traditions of Shakespeare and Biblical English. O'Casey sought to infuse his drama with the beauty, fire and poetry of drama, which he believed had been foresaken for a fake realism in the 20th century. His use of language has been described as versatile, suffused with colour and vigour. O'Casey's other great strength rests with his marvellous sense of character portrayal. His recurring theme is the tragi-comedy to be found in the disparity between his characters aspirations and their performance, between the plough and the stars. O'Casey is known principally as the playwright of two highly acclaimed successes : Juno and the Paycock (1924) and The Plough and the Stars (1926). Although admired in Ireland and around the globe, he is woefully underrated in Britain.
The present analytical study of his complete dramatic works seeks to redress this undervaluing, and bring to light an array of Sean O'Casey's other major works. This analysis spans a forty year cycle of plays from the early twenties to the early sixties. The plays are viewed chronologically. Each work has a theoretical introduction, an outline of the plot and characterisation, plus considerations for staging, together with a brief history of important porductions, and an artistic evaluation intended to assist enterprising future directors, appreciative theatre-goers, and all other admirers of O'Casey's plays.
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