The Playboy of the Western World by J M Synge
6 to 13 April 2019

This classic Irish play from 1907 is a favourite to this day for its drama, wit and whimsy.

Christy Mahon is a young man who enters Flaherty’s, a tavern on County Mayo’s west coast. He makes an outrageous claim. Despite the villainous nature of the claim, the townsfolk – particularly the women – are enraptured by Christy’s storytelling abilities and natural charm.

When it was published, Synge’s play became both popular and reviled for its depiction of Irish characters. The lack of a moral voice, and the fact the characters are more occupied and thrilled with the controversy rather than with revulsion saw many protest the play’s staging, with riots breaking out at several theatres.


Christy Mahon Charlie Gallagher
Old Mahon, his father Steve Williamson
Michael James Flaherty, a publican Michael Gallagher
Margaret Flaherty, his daughter Eilidh Pollard
Shawn Keogh, a young man Toby Harris
Widow Quin Victoria Johnson
Philly Cullen, small farmer Mark Jephcott
Jimmy Farrell, small farmer Ewan Henderson
Sarah Tansey Scarlett Dean
Susan Brady Claire O’Rourke
Honor Blake Alison Fleming
Fidler Meabh Kennedy


This play is sponsored by: Dan’s DIY (173 Moor Lane) All types of DIY & hardware products
The 2018-19 season is sponsored by: SC & P Jones (91 Chapel Lane) Builders & Plumbers merchant and bathroom specialists


Director Mike Rogerson
Assistant director Linda Batson
Stage manager Helen Bingle
Prompt Diana Boswell
ASM Jean Barrett
Props Fenella Fowkes
Lighting Bruce Williams, Chris Hills
Sound Mark Seyler, Helen Fitton
Wardrobe Carole Holmes
Special makeup effect Jacque Bilsborough
Rehearsal photographs Chris Hills
Ticket secretary Pat Pinnock
House manager Shan Bristow, Victor Hassan, Ian McBride
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