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Niamh Cusack in Juno and the Paycock at the Bristol Old Vic

Juno and the Paycock Bristol Old Vic, from 5th September

For sheer rage, joy, delightful characters, good plotting, musical language, jokes and political banter, there are few plays to match Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock, the tragic centre-piece of his great 1920s Dublin trilogy, set in a bustling city tenement block.

These are the difficult, edgy days of the Troubles after the civil war. The play…

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