For The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge, a classic Irish comedy. Reading Tuesday 12 June at 8.00 pm, Auditions Thursday 14 June at 7.30 pm. Director Pippa Redmayne.
Synge said: “On the stage one must have reality and one must have joy.” The Playboy of the Western World certainly has both. Set in a country public house, on the wild west coast of Mayo, young Pegeen is busy making plans for her imminent wedding to her cousin Shawn. It is a dark autumn night and left with the prospect of being alone to tend the bar while her father is attending a wake, she tries to persuade Shawn to stay. He is reluctant, worried that Father Reilly will disapprove. In from the darkness comes Christy Mahon, bedraggled and wet, seeking refuge and claiming that he has just murdered his father! Rather than turning this villain away, Pegeen’s father welcomes him in with open arms to help Pegeen tend the bar and keep her company. The “murderer” becomes a local hero!
At its opening in Dublin in1907, it incited riots, but this funny, unromanticised, satirical treatment of Irish peasantry has entertained audiences ever since, as well as influencing modern theatre.
Come to the reading to find out more about the play, characters and director’s approach. Auditions Thursday. There are several parts for young women, including Pegeen, and young men, including the all-important Christie Mahon and shy Shawn. As well as these, there are slightly more mature parts for Pegeen’s father, some of his mates, and Widow Quinn (not an old crone!).
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