Plough and the Stars*, The

This adaptation of O’Casey’s play was directed by John Ford, for which he drew on the talents of some of the Abbey Theatre’s original players. Set during the months leading up to 1916 in a Dublin tenement, the play depicts the impact of events on local characters and Ford brings a certain Irish-American sensibility to the adaptation. Some events only reported in the play such as the occupation of the GPO actually appear on the big screen and, while the adaptation has been questioned for its apparent sentimentality, at the same time it offers an interpretation of the play to stimulate classroom discussion about the text.

USA, 1936, Drama, 73 mins, Director: John Ford

* Please note this screening will be from video onto the cinema screen.

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