HELLIE Turner’s invitation by Irish Theatre Players to direct its current season of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars at Irish Club of WA in Subiaco was hard to resist.
“When I read the play I was impressed by the challenge it presented,” Turner said.
“It has such a great array of characters, full of every kind of dramatic conflict; dense and complex in its language features.
“It has the eternal juxtaposition of pathos and humour and is a dramatic piece in every sense of the word.
“I’m also genuinely moved by the meaningfulness of the work to the Irish community.”
O’Casey’s play is set in a Dublin tenement in the lead-up and during the 1916 Easter Rising.
It was controversial when written, defended by the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats and now widely regarded as a tour de force by the Irish playwright.
Turner said she understood the importance of the 100-year anniversary commemoration of the Irish Rebellion and The Plough and the Stars was a “four-act mammoth of a play by one of the Irish greats”.
It centres on young married couple Jack and Nora Clitheroe and those who live around them.
She said O’Casey’s deep insight into human nature and spirit was conveyed throughout the script in the characters and their relationships.
“The fact that he was witness to the rebellion makes it all the more dramatically authentic,” she said.
What: Irish Theatre Players presents The Plough and the Stars
Where: Irish Club of WA, 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco
When: Showing until April 16