The Playboy of the Western World

This is the fourth annual production in a partnership between Barnstorm Theatre Company and the Watergate Theatre to serve both schools in the region and general audiences.

A small community in County Mayo is thrown into a furore with the arrival of Christy Mahon, a mysterious stranger claiming to have killed his father. The local men aren’t sure if he’s a danger and the local women find him fascinating. Pegeen Mike prefers his company to that of her dull fiancée and the Widow Quin sees him as a possible new husband.

But what happens if the truth is far from the tales?

When first staged in Dublin in 1907 JM Synge’s play caused a riot. Two years later the  young Synge was dead but his play was to become a masterpiece in Irish and world theatre.

In modern society where instant celebrity is the common goal and only a click away on social media, where fake news and rumour holds power over fact, Synge’s hilarious commentary on 19th-century Ireland is never more relevant than it is today.


John Prendergast CHRIS

Lorna Healy PEGEEN

Eoin Nangle-Ryan SHAWN

Paula Drohan WIDOW

Steve Nolan MICHAEL J

Niall O’ Riordan PHILLY

John Holland JIMMY

Delia Lowery SARA

Rosey Hayes SUSAN

Catriona Bambrick HONOR

Jim Carroll OLD MAHON

  • 13 - 16 November
  • 8pm
  • €18/€16

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