Dublin Theatre Festival

Abbey Theatre

The Playboy of the Western World

By Bisi Adigun and Roddy Doyle

Venue Abbey Theatre
Date 29 Sep 8.00pm
1 Oct - 6 Oct 8.00pm
6 Oct 2.30pm
8 Oct - 13 Oct 8.00pm
13 Oct 2.30pm
Duration 2hrs 30mins

Directed by Jimmy Fay
Set design by Anthony Lamble
Lighting design by Sinead Wallace
Costume design by Catherine Fay
Cast includes Angeline Ball, Liam Carney, Phelim Drew, Laurence Kinlan and Eileen Walsh

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‘You have full breasts, a bit of a tummy, round hips and a behind’. No way. ‘You have a bust, hips and a defined waist’. That’s more like it…

In a modern pub in a west Dublin suburb, Pegeen Mike flicks through Irish Bride. Her father’s a ‘muppet’, her fiancé’s scared of his Mammy. Into the frame of a CCTV camera comes a dusty, but well dressed young man…

So the scene is set for Bisi Adigun and Roddy Doyle’s iconoclastic new version of Synge’s great classic, The Playboy of the Western World. In this contemporary

re-imagining the Playboy is Christopher Malomo, a well-educated refugee from Nigeria, on the run after he ‘killed’ his father with a pestle for pounding yams.

Probably the most famous and infamous play of the Abbey Theatre’s repertoire, The Playboy of the Western World has constantly been revived and revisited. Adigun and Doyle follow that tradition, albeit in revolutionary fashion, to transpose the play from the West of Ireland, and bring it bang up to date. This hilarious but uncompromising new version mixes the colloquial snap of Doyle’s language with the poetic voice of Nigerian born Adigun.

In this vivid re-telling Synge’s extraordinary play re-discovers its ability to tell the truth of a contemporary Irish experience and continues its legacy, as vibrant as ever.

What Do We Think?
A fascinating new take on Ireland’s most famous play 

Talking Theatre
Garry Hynes on her approach to directing Synge and O’Casey.
Oct 9, Pre-show (6.00pm).

Booking essential.


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