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 revulsed by the would-be murderer saw many protest the play’s staging, with riots breaking out at several theatres.

Cast

Christy MahonCharlie Gallagher
Old Mahon, his fatherSteve Williamson
Michael James Flaherty, a publicanMichael Gallagher
Margaret Flaherty, his daughter
Shawn Keogh, a young manToby Harrison
Widow QuinVictoria Johnson
Farmers
Village girls

Sponsors

This play is sponsored by:
The 2018-19 season is sponsored by: SC & P Jones (91 Chapel Lane)Builders & Plumbers merchant and bathroom specialists

Backstage

DirectorMike Rogerson
Assistant directorLinda Batson
Stage managerHelen Bingle
PromptDiana Boswell
ASMJean Barrett
PropsFenella Fowkes
Lighting
Sound
Wardrobe
Rehearsal photographs
Ticket secretaryPat Pinnock
House Manager
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