Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy
The Plough and the Stars
The Shadow of a Gunman
Juno and the Paycock

Directed by Garry Hynes

One of the greatest Irish stories ever told.

The DruidO'Casey performances at Galway International Arts Festival is now sold out. There is a waiting list available online on the Town Hall Theatre website - just click on your preferred date to add your name. While there’s no guarantee of a ticket, if tickets do become available, the Town Hall Theatre will contact the waiting list.

A century ago, Ireland was reborn in the fires of rebellion and war. The playwright Sean O’Casey bore witness to these seismic events and dramatised them as the Dublin Trilogy, three great works of Irish theatre, full of history, humanity and humour.

100 years later, Druid will weave O’Casey’s three plays into an epic theatrical event of conflict, national identity and the human toll of war, DruidO’Casey.

Audiences will experience O’Casey’s work as never before: directed by Tony Award winner Garry Hynes, a company of 18 actors will perform the three plays in one day, drawing parallels between an Irish past and an international present. A limited number of individual performances of the three plays in the trilogy will also take place.

DruidO’Casey begins with The Plough and the Stars, the story of newlyweds Jack and Nora Clitheroe living in a city on the brink of rebellion in 1916.

In The Shadow of a Gunman, Donal Davoren, Seumas Shields and Minnie Powell find themselves tragically tangled up in the Irish War of Independence.

The saga ends with Juno and the Paycock and the Boyle family who see their fortunes dashed amidst the upheaval of the Irish Civil War.

Renowned for their previous play cycles (DruidSynge, DruidMurphy and DruidShakespeare), DruidO’Casey will be the most ambitious production in Druid’s history.


Please note that these are estimated timings and are subject to change.

Galway three-play performances

The Plough and the Stars
2 hours 30 minutes plus interval
Coffee break
The Shadow of a Gunman
1 hour 30 minutes including, no interval
Dinner break
Juno and the Paycock
2 hours 15 minutes plus interval

Single-play performances

The Plough and the Stars
2 hours 30 minutes plus interval

The Shadow of a Gunman
1 hour 30 minutes, no interval

Juno and the Paycock
2 hours 15 minutes plus interval


To celebrate the world premiere of DruidO'Casey at Galway International Arts Festival RTÉ Radio 1 will record a special episode of Arena at 2.30pm, Thursday 27 July. On the set of DruidO'Casey at the Town Hall Theatre, Arena's Sean Rocks will chat to the cast and creative team behind this new staging of Sean O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy. This special episode will be recorded in front of a live audience and broadcast later that evening.

Tickets are €7 and available from the Town Hall Theatre Box Office: tht.ie


Gabriel Adewusi

Tara Cush

Zara Devlin

Caitríona Ennis

Hilda Fay

Tommy Harris

Anna Healy

Liam Heslin

Bosco Hogan

Sean Kearns

Sophie Lenglinger

Garrett Lombard

Aaron Monaghan

Sarah Morris

Rory Nolan

Robbie O’Connor

Marty Rea

Catherine Walsh

Creative Team


Garry Hynes

Set and Costume Design

Francis O'Connor

Co-Costume Design

Clíodhna Hallissey

Lighting Design

James F. Ingalls

Sound Design

Gregory Clarke

Movement Director

David Bolger

Composer and Musical Director

Conor Linehan

Casting Director

Amy Rowan

Hair and Make-Up Design

Gráinne Coughlan

Associate Director

Sarah Baxter

Assistant Director

Katie O’Halloran

Assistant Lighting Designer

Suzie Cummins

  • Please contact the Box Office for accessible seating reservations upon booking tickets.
  • This productions contains scenes which some people may find disturbing.
  • This production contains material which may be unsuitable for young children.
  • This production contains strobe lighting and/or loud noises.

Please note that this production features depictions of violence and war, with gunshots and loud noises.

Age suitability: 12+ due to the duration of the three-play performances; single-play performances may be more suitable for younger audiences.