J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World

The 1907 premier of John Millington Synge’s irreverent comic masterpiece in the Abbey Theatre was met with rioting and controversy – and sent shock waves around the dramatic world. A classic play that both celebrates and satirizes the Irish propensity for story-telling and myth-making, Playboy uniquely combines comedy, poetry and tragedy in a timeless and entertaining theatrical experience. 

In a small village on the coast of Mayo, a young man on the run staggers into a local shebeen where he is given shelter. When the man, Christy Mahon, reveals that he has killed his father, he achieves instant celebrity among the local community and begins to attract the attentions of the local women. The publican’s daughter Pegeen, despite being engaged to the well-off but priest-fearing Shawn Keogh, is captivated by Christy – and even the predatory Widow Quin sets her sights on him. But Christy also attracts the growing resentment and suspicion of a couple of local men and, in an ironic twist to the tale, his fortunes change dramatically. 

Greystones Players’ immensely successful productions of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa and Connections, an evening of one-act plays, sold out well in advance, so to avoid disappointment, book your tickets now!

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