The Abbey Theatre brings Sean O'Casey's play 'The Silver Tassie' to Europe.
The cast and crew the Abbey Theatre’s production of Sean O'Casey's ‘'The Silver Tassie’ depart Old Abbey Street by coach for Dublin Airport. The passengers include director Hugh Hunt, assistant director Bob Carlisle and artistic director Lelia Doolan.
Originally rejected by the Abbey Theatre in 1928, ‘The Silver Tassie’ was revived in the 1930s and while condemned by certain groups in Ireland, it's merit was recognised abroad. In 1972 the play was revived by the Abbey in Dublin, this time to a rapturous response from an Irish audience and
Not a word of priestly condemnation.
The Irish National Theatre is now bringing the play to the Belgian capital Brussels. The span of the set is causing problems for the Abbey Theatre technical crew in the venue, Théâtre Royal des Galeries. They they had no such difficulties in the Finnish National Theatre in Helsinki, where the play received great acclaim.
The mechanics of setting up the stage for the second act sent in World War One are formidable and are conversation with the local stage crew is a mixture of
Flemish, French with an Irish accent and sign language.
There is a festive air for the opening night and flags of the common market nations adorn the arcade in which the theatre is situated. Among the Irish present are diplomats, businessmen, the Irish contingent to the EEC, the Irish ambassador in Brussels and Patrick Hillery the European Commissioner for Social Welfare.
Also present is Eileen O'Casey widow of the playwright who admits she is
Very nervous, I'm always nervous before Sean’s first night.
This episode of ‘Tangents’ was broadcast on 29 May 1973. The reporter is Kevin O'Connor.
A miscellany of events, entertainment, opinions and personalities, ‘Tangents’ was first aired on Monday 25 September 1972 and ran until 1974.