The Silver Tassie is a lively anti-war tragicomedy, bursting with song, laughter, and tears, by Irish playwright Seán O’Casey.
With what tone will the alarm bell sounded by O’Casey in the turbulent era surrounding the transition from World War I to World War II ring out in these confusing times?

This play, written 90 years ago, with its solidity and sense of scale, will premiere in Japan thanks to Shintaro Mori, a director representing the Japanese world of theater, and actor Yuma Nakayama, working together for the first time.



Dublin, Ireland, amidst the First World War. With a silver victory cup in hand and a bright future ahead of him, football player Harry Heegan has been surrounded by a joyous circle of people. But after heading off to battle, his life changes completely….

This anti-war drama depicts a young man who should have been able to choose a life full of hope, Harry Heegan (Yuma Nakayama), as he progressively becomes a victim of war. At the same time interweaving the drama of heartrending romance peculiar to youth, the play draws contrast between the extreme conditions on the battlefield, and the trifling and humorous mundanity of everyday life in Dublin. On top of that, the play is enriched by more than 20 songs, making it one full of theatrical thrills, with curious charm and power.

< About the Play >

In 1928, performance of Seán O’Casey’s The Silver Tassie at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin was rejected by William Butler Yeats, known for his part in the establishment of the Irish National Theatre Society, and having received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Due to this denial, the play was carried over to the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End the next year, premiering in October 1929. Its performance in O’Casey’s native Ireland would have to wait another six years, until August 1935. For nearly a century since its premiere up to the present day, there were not many opportunities for this play to be performed. However, when it was presented in 2014 at London’s National Theatre, British media gave it high praise, proving the play to be one composed of universal elements that still ring true today.

It has been said that the postponement of the play’s Irish premiere was largely due to its depiction of deception, intolerance, and cruelty on the part of citizens of Dublin, which was unacceptable to patriots at the time – though another reason may be that the structure of the play itself was too complicated and abstruse to warrant performance. On the other hand, however, in addition to the charming conversations, cutting satire, and weighty story development found therein, this play is brimming with deeply profound proposals regarding the horrors of war and futility. In that respect, it is a drama whose performance is especially appropriate for today, and fully fascinating.


Cast & Creative

Written by Seán O’Casey
Translation by Satsuko Fujino
Directed by Shintaro Mori

Yuma Nakayama, Yusuke Yata, Eiji Yokota, Alisa Urahama, Seia Yasuda, Yuichi Tsuchiya

Kyouya Asada, Toshiji Iwabuchi, Youichi Imamura, Yonho Cho, Kensuke Komai, Katsuhito Amano
Takano Suzuki, Kumi Yoshida, Kumiko Noda, Miho Ishige, Chihiro Nagaishi, Miri  Akiyama

Akira Yamamoto, Masaru Aoyama, Satomi Nagano, Kazuyo Mita



Yuma Nakayama


Yusuke Yata


Eiji Yokota








Alisa Urahama


Seia Yasuda


Yuichi Tsuchiya








Akira Yamamoto


Masaru Aoyama


Satomi Nagano


Kazuyo Mita








Kyouya Asada


Toshiji Iwabuchi


Youichi Imamura








Yonho Cho


Kensuke Komai


Katsuhito Amano








Takano Suzuki


Kumi Yoshida


Kumiko Noda








Miho Ishige


Chihiro Nagaishi


Miri Akiyama



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