Young Cassidy (1965)
Biographical drama based on the early life of playwright Sean O'Casey, depicting his rise from the 1910 Dublin slums to the celebrated openings of his early plays. Johnny Cassidy, an impoverished idealist whose ambitions are restricted by the demands of looking after his family, journeys through the social injustices of Dublin life - involving himself with the rowdy tramway-men strike, dawdling with prostitute Daisy Battles, seeking a better life. He falls in love with bookshop assistant Nora who encourages him toward a life of writing. Finding success at the Abbey Theatre, his unorthodox views estrange him from family, friends and his own past.- Written by alfiehitchie
It's the early 1920's Dublin. Johnny Cassidy - an early known name of 'Sean O'Casey' - is a working class bloke from a large family, which at the best of times has troubles trying to make ends meet. Johnny's brusque exterior belies the heart of a writer, reading and writing which were taught to him and fostered within him by his long departed sister. His natural exuberance is what attracts him to many people, including good-hearted prostitute Daisy Battles, and fellow working class stiff Mick Mullen, who is the person who brings him into the realm of activism, especially in defending the working class and Irish nationalism by ending the oppression of the Irish through British rule. That activism eventually extends to his writing. It is his love of books and reading that he meets and falls in love with Nora, a bookstore clerk. Johnny eventually gets some of his works published, and his plays staged by the Abbey Theatre, which takes a chance by staging his plays that many Dubliners may view as placing them in a bad light. Bridging the gap between Johnny's working class background and the higher class of the theatre may be difficult not only for Johnny, but for the Abbey Theatre founders, William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory, and for Johnny's working class friends, including Nora.- Written by Huggo
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