Michael Billington in his Guardian review points out the parallels between the two works. Both plays use an examination of family to make, “attack[s] on the destructive consequences of war”. While The Silver Tassie takes you to the battlefield For Services Rendered remains inside the family dynamic.
First performed in 1932 in the West End the play was not well received as its anti-war message was not popular at the time. The work received a handful of revivals, including a TV version by Granada in 1959. Howard Davies production is now bringing this play and its message back to the British stage.
Rod Taylor, died at home in Los Angeles on January 7th at the age of 84. A strong leading man, he played many notable roles through his career including Johnny in the Sean O’Casey biopic Young Cassidy in 1965.
He played alongside many other great actors in notable films such as Giant, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Birds and Zabriskie Point.
Announcing his death Rod’s daughter Felicia Taylor said in a statement:
“My dad loved his work. Being an actor was his passion – calling it an honorable art and something he couldn’t live without.”
Professor Dharmarajan’s work includes translating many works into Tamil including all the works of Tolstoy (excluding War and Peace). The work of a translator in bridging works and ideas across cultures is not an easy one and Professor Dharmarajan is responsible with introducing several new coinages into Tamil.
We are very proud indeed that Professor Dharmarajan’s wonderful journey began with a step hand in hand with Sean.
It is deeply saddening to learn that Gabrielle Reidy has died. Her career was bookended by roles in plays by Sean O’Casey at the Abbey Theatre. Starting as a child actor in The Shadow of a Gunman in 1971 and with her last role her acclaimed performance as Bessie Burgess in The Plough and the Stars 2012.
In the intervening years she graced many productions on stage, television and film. More information is contained in her obituaries in The Guardian and The Irish Times.