Bibliography This Critical Companion to the work of one of Ireland's most famous and controversial playwrights, Sean O'Casey, is the first major study of the playwright's work to consider his oeuvre and the archival material that has appeared during the last decade. Published ahead of the centenary of the Easter Rising in Ireland with which O'Casey's most famous plays are associated, it provides a clear and detailed study of the work in context and performance. James Moran shows that O'Casey not only remains the most performed playwright at Ireland's national theatre, but that the playwright was also one of the most controversial and divisive literary figures, whose work caused riots and who alienated many of his supporters.
Her parents had been married and begun their family in South Africawhere they had two sons, one of whom died in South Africa.
Following this, the family moved to London. In London, O'Casey's remaining brother died. As her father had returned to South Africa, and her mother was working as a live-in nurse, O'Casey was sent to an orphanage boarding school run by the Sisters of Charity.
Following a nervous breakdown, her father died. This resulted in some of O'Casey's more wealthy relatives paying for her education in the Ursuline convent, Brentwood, Essex.
It was here that she became interested in choral singing and theatre. A severe illness resulted in O'Casey withdrawing from schooling. Once she had recovered, she took up employment as a tracer within a number of London firms while taking singing and dancing lessons. She took her mother's maiden name as a stage name, and performed in musical comedy in England and America and modelled under the name Eileen Carey from to Upon her return to London from New Yorkshe arranged an introduction to him.
She was 17 years his junior, and he immediately invited her to take the role of Nora Clitheroe in The Plough and the Stars for its first London production. In this role she replaced the original actress who had fallen ill after three weeks.
Whilst continuing an affair with the married American theatre impresario Lee Ephraim, O'Casey began to court her doggedly. It was produced as a double bill with John Millington Synge 's Riders to the Seain which she played a keener.
Their first child was born in April Her final stage role was in the musical Mother of Pearl, after which she retired. The couple had two sons and one daughter: Breon bornNiall bornand Shivaun born Niall died of leukaemia in They lived in London and Buckinghamshire, before moving to Totnes and then Torquay During their time in Devon, O'Casey helped to care for her ageing mother, although the relationship was never easy.
She then moved back to London, visiting Dublin and New York frequently as she wrote and lectured on her life with O'Casey. She authored three books: SeanEileenand Cheerio, Titan Sean O'Casey was born John Casey on March 31, , the youngest of a large family living in a Dublin slum.
He suffered all his life from painful, ulcerated eyeballs and could not read or write until he was 13, having been forced to begin lessons by an interested Irish clergyman.
A Brilliant read! Authoritive and pleasurably exhausting book of Sean's long life. The author examines the historical influences of a turbulant Ireland upon O'Casey and the research into the playwright's personal life is second-to-none.
Sean O’Casey is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished playwrights of the twentieth century. Using his own experiences as fodder for his writing, his plays served as a commentary of the political and social scene of his time.
O’Casey was born on March 30, , the youngest of. This Critical Companion to the work of one of Ireland's most famous and controversial playwrights, Sean O'Casey, is the first major study of the playwright's work to consider his oeuvre and the archival material that has appeared during the last decade.
Nov 19, · Sean O’Casey was born John Casey in Dublin, Ireland, on March 30, , to Michael and Susan Casey. He was the youngest of thirteen children, eight of whom died in infancy. Synge and Sean O’Casey. Several of these writers became interested in innovative techniques and forms.
O’Casey, for one, was attracted to the Expressionist theatre and incorporated some of its techniques in The Silver Tassie ().