Beauty in a Broken Place

By: Colm Toibin

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


In Colm Toibin’s debut play, Beauty in a Broken Place, Sean O’Casey recalls the people and events surrounding the 1926 premiere of his controversial drama The Plough and the Stars. Toibin’s unusual and provocative memory play manages to be both serious and hilarious in its depiction of The Plough riots, an event that not only tested the cultural, political and artistic freedoms of the nascent Irish State but also of the Abbey Theatre itself.

Beauty in a Broken Place premiered at the Peacock Theatre, Dublin, in August 2004 as part of abbeyonehundred, the Abbey Theatre’s centenary celebrations.


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2 reviews for Beauty in a Broken Place

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lilliput Press

    “Toibin examines Sean O’Casey’s early literary life in context with the historical figures around him- Lady Gregory and W.B. Yeats. Particularly, the consternation surrounding Sean’s controversial PLOUGH AND THE STARS and the defence Yeats and Gregory showered on him. A hugely enjoyable play.” DAMIAN SLATTERY

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lilliput Press

    “I’ve lived in Dublin for four months now, and seen a few plays in my time here. The best by far was Toibin’s Beauty in a Broken Place, performed at the Peacock Theatre on Abbey Street.

    I learned more about theatre, Irish history and culture, and the artistic spirit in the two and a half hours I spent watching this play than in the countless classes I’ve attended here. This is a wildly interpretive and yet heartreakingly simple and true retelling of the bonds between famed Irish playwrights William Butler Yeats, Sean O’Casey, and Lady Gregory, set against the backdrop of the Irish uprisings and the opening of O’Casey’s controversial play (another must-read,) The Plough and the Stars.

    I cannot recommend this play highly enough. Read it, go and see it, absorb it…I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!” DANA MORGAN

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Weight 0.5 kg



200x130mm, 96pp