THE PLAYBOY MACHINATIONS

It’s incredible to think that a play which debuted on a Dublin stage 111 years ago still has the power to entrance, enrage and entertain an audience.

Such is the case with John Millington Synge’s The Playboy Of The Western World, which hit the ground running on January 26th, 1907, debuting at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. And like all great plays, it hit a nerve, with riots greeting the show, Irish nationalists and republicans believing Playboy to be an offence to public morals and an insult against Ireland.

Imagine if someone could have shown them Love/Hate…

Telling the tale of a young man, Christy Mahon, who arrives at a small Mayo pub with claims that he’s on the run, having killed his father. It’s enough for barmaid Pegeen Mike to fall head-over-heels in love with the feckless fugitive…

The latest production from the freshly-formed Greystones Players, Synge’s powerful drama touches on many of Ireland’s ills at the time, as well as our continued fascination with danger, the dark side, and the dark stuff.

Prepared to be moved, but leave your pitchforks at the door…

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