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In the dead of night in a rural Irish town, a young man turns up claiming to have killed his own father. The locals, more interested in vicariously enjoying his story than in condemning the immorality of his deed transform him into something larger than life… until life shows up to settle the score.

The Playboy of the Western World is a three-act play written by Irish playwright John Millington Synge and first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on 26 January 1907.


Playwright and director at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, John Millington Synge (1871–1909) remains one of the most important figures in Irish drama. His most celebrated work, 'The Playboy of the Western World', caused riots when it was first performed in 1907 and has since been the subject of major revivals. Celebrating the 110th anniversary of its first performance, 'The Journey of "The Playboy"' illustrates the development of Synge’s most famous play, which follows Christy Mahon, on the run in the west of Ireland having 'murdered' his father.  READ MORE

Resource:  The Journey of the Playboy of the Western World by Nicholas Grene & James Little


"...if Synge never glossed over the most brutal truths of human experience — the chief one being its inevitable extinguishing — his mournful sensitivity to suffering was matched by an unapologetic delight in the life force that pulses in the veins of the tinkers, beggars and country people who shuffle or trudge or leap across the stage, expressing passionate loves and hates in some of the most gorgeous rustic language you’ll ever hear onstage, language almost Shakespearean in its texture and vitality."

Charles Isherwood, New York TImes



by J.M. Synge


First Central Congregational Church

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