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And was it always thus in Ireland?

The Fall of the Second Republic

Abbey Theatre

Killing Grandad

New Theatre, Dublin

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The cast of The Fall of the Second Republic

The cast of The Fall of the Second Republic

The cast of The Fall of the Second Republic

It's eerie to the point of being terrifying: a fantasy Ireland of the 1970s, apparently wildly surreal, possibly a warning signal of what could happen if we really stumble into nightmare territory.

Except every character, every line, every scenario is familiar. Because it has all happened. More than once.

Michael West is a playwright with a light touch overlaying his scholarship and his blazing anger at how we betray our much-vaunted integrity and decency.