Set in a tenement building in the Dublin slums, May 1920, The Shadow Of A Gunman charts the daily lives of its occupants: the peddlar, Seumas Shields, and the poet, Donal Davoren. They talk, dream and tease out their hours like an urban Vladimir and Estragon: trapped between the rock of the IRA and the hard place of the infamous Black and Tans. High comedy combines blends whimsically with the tragedy of lives lived under a brutal occupying power, to create one of the great plays of the 20th century.

Dominic Dromgoole returns to the Tricycle to direct the first play of O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy.

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