What would O’Casey have made of Riverdance ?

Neil Donnelly gives a mixed review to Christopher Murray’s biography of that giant of Irish Theatre, Sean O’Casey.”Sean O’Casey’s life was extraordinary and his creative achievements are immense. Christopher Murray’s approach is chronological rather than analytical and though this has its merits, it makes for a less than exciting read. Nevertheless, he has assembled a very comprehensive biography which paints an affectionate portrait of a truly great and heroic figure in world theatre.”
The article makes one interesting point:
” “And there was always the struggle for money. It is ironic that what O’Casey was satirising in some of his later plays, the dancing colleens at the crossroads blessed by big bellied bishops, is what, in effect, is celebrated in that father of all cash cows Riverdance.”

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