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The Silver Tassie 2010 - Irish & UK Tour

Sean O’Casey

Watch Audience Reactions and Footage

To watch audience reactions to The Silver Tassie, click HERE.

To watch an RTÉ News clip featuring an excerpt from the show and an interview with Garry Hynes HERE.

To hear some of the music from the show and to see some of the preparations behind the scenes at our technical rehearsals, watch HERE.

Behind the Scenes at The Silver Tassie

You can take a look behind the scenes and find out what went on during the rehearsal process. We’ve included interviews and our programme note written by Frank McGuinness. You can read more HERE.

Press Coverage & Interviews

Read interviews with our cast and creative team. More HERE.

About The Silver Tassie

This sweeping play follows the lives of two young footballing heroes from the tenements of Dublin through the battlefields of France, and their return home.

Using all the resources of the theatre including live music and dance, this is an epic staging of one of O’Casey’s great plays.

Tony Award-winner Garry Hynes directs a cast of 19 – Druid’s biggest ever company of actors – and welcomes back some Druid favourites including Aaron Monaghan, Eamon Morrissey and Derbhle Crotty.

The Silver Tassie kicked off on August 24th, 2011 at the Town Hall Theatre in Galway, The Silver Tassie and toured to five venues in Ireland and to the UK. The full tour schedule can be found on the right-hand-side of this page.

Druid would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Arts Council in funding the company’s work and also the support of Culture Ireland in funding its international touring programme.

Arts Council    Culture Ireland


In order of appearance

Sylvester Heegan
Eamon Morrissey

Simon Norton
John Olohan

Susie Monican
Clare Dunne

Mrs Foran
Derbhle Crotty

Mrs Heegan
Ruth Hegarty

Teddy Foran
Liam Carney

Harry Heegan
Aaron Monaghan

Jessie Taite
Aoife Duffin

Barney Bagnall
Brian Gleeson

Soliders in France
Christopher Doyle
Gerard Kelly
Elliot Harper
Adam Welsh

The Corporal
Eamon Morrissey

The Visitor
Bush Moukarzel

The Staff-Wallah
John Olohan

Surgeon Forby Maxwell
Elliot Harper

The Sister of the Ward
Ruth Hegarty

Other Parts Played by
The Company and Young Chorus (see below)

Lara Connaughton
John Gaughan
Martin Kenny
Peadar O’Goill
Miriam Ward

Adam Bluett
Aoife Corry
Laura Keown
Oisín Ó Cualáin
Dalian Rynne

Craig Connolly
Alex Doyle
John Gaughan
Daisy Maguire
Nella Maguire

Oisín Bates
Kate Fenton
Adam Horgan
Linnea Lagerguist
Lochlainn McKenna

Niall Clifford
Anna Hayes
Eric Heaslip
Christine Meehan
Jamie Sugrue

Ella Graham
Bryony Neilson
Krishan Patel
Thomas Smith
Jordan Bolli-Thompson

James Archer
Jordan Bolli-Thompson
Ruth Flint
Conor McKinney
Jenny Tyson-Berry

Lara Connaughton
Matthew Delaney
Keylan Fawsitt
John Gaughan
Emma Phelan

The chorus were recruited locally in each venue.

Creative Team

Seán O’Casey

Garry Hynes

Set & Costume Designer
Francis O’Connor

David Bolger with Vanessa Lefrancois

Lighting Design
Davy Cunningham

Sound Design
John Leonard

Composer and Musical Director
Elliot Davis

Music Consultant
Philip Chevron

Casting Director
Maureen Hughes

Production Team

Production Manager
Eamonn Fox

Company Manager
Sarah Lynch

Deputy Stage Manager
Catherine Buffrey

Rehearsal Stage Manager
Nick Chesterfield

Stage Manager
Miriam Duffy

Assistant Stage Manager & Props
Danny Erskine

Chorus Director
Sarah Lynch

Technical Manager
Barry O’Brien

Set Construction
Theatre Production Services (TPS)

Master Carpenters
Gus Dewar
Tony Cording

Costume Supervisor
Doreen McKenna

Wardrobe Mistress
Amanda Donovan

Scenic Artists
Sandra Butler
Jason McCaffrey
Angie Benner

Wigs and Make-up
Val Sherlock

Shannon Light
Pat O’Reilly
John Lynam

Mick McLoughney
Keith Newman
Tim Feeney

Special Props
Matt Guinane

Production Intern
Ella McNeill

Chorus Chaperone
Aine Caulfield

Chorus Casting Manchester
David Johnson

Chorus Auditions Co-ordinator
Deirdre Looney

Schools Workshop Leaders
Thomas Conway
Heidi Vaughan

Trevor Price

Kate Bowe PR
Cliona Roberts CRPR

Graphic Design
Bite! Associates

Production Photography
Robert Day

Poster Illustration
Owen Smith


Please note that some publications do not have online links and that full reviews may not appear here.

Financial Times ***** 5 Stars

“deserves to be far more widely seen.”

The Oxford Times

“powerful and poetic production”

Irish Independent

“The Silver Tassie…emerges in Garry Hynes’s fine new production as one of the great (anti) war plays”

Irish Theatre Magazine

“Druid’s definitive production of The Silver Tassie

Sunday Independent

“a remarkable overall achievement”

Irish Examiner

“Francis O’Connor’s design is astonishing”

Sunday Tribune

“epic feats of stage management”

Press Coverage


RTÉ One News – 28.08.10
A clip from the show and an interview with Director, Garry Hynes


RTÉ Radio 1 – Pat Kenny – 24.08.10
Interview with Director, Garry Hynes


THE IRISH TIMES – 09.10.10
Fintan O’Toole’s opinion piece on The Silver Tassie
Read Here

Article on Seán O’Casey and his journey with The Silver Tassie
Read Here

Interview with John Gaughan – one of the Galway chorus members
Read Here

Interview with Composer and Musical Director, Elliot Davis
Read Here

THE IRISH TIMES – 19.08.10
Feature article on the history of The Silver Tassie
Read Here

THE IRISH TIMES – 14.08.10
Interview with Owen Smith, the illustrator behind Druid’s image for The Silver Tassie
Read Here

Interview with director, Garry Hynes
Read Here



The Silver Tassie 2010 - Tralee (Siamsa Tíra)

October 22 – 24, 2010

The Silver Tassie 2010 - Portlaoise (Dunamaise Arts Centre)

October 18 – 20, 2010

The Silver Tassie 2010 - Cork (Everyman Palace Theatre)

Oct 12 – 16, 2010

The Silver Tassie 2010 - Dublin (Gaiety Theatre as part of Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival)

October 5 – 10, 2010

The Silver Tassie 2010 - Oxford, UK (Oxford Playhouse)

September 21 – 25, 2010

The Silver Tassie 2010 - Salford, Manchester (The Lowry)

September 14-18, 2010

The Silver Tassie 2010 - Ennis (glór)

September 9 – 11, 2010

The Silver Tassie 2010 - Galway (Town Hall Theatre)

August 24, 2010 – September 7, 2010

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