Dublin Theatre Festival


The Dandy Dolls/ Purgatory/ Riders To The Sea

By George Fitzmaurice / W.B. Yeats / J.M. Synge

Venue Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage
Date 27 Sep - 29 Sep 20:00
7 Oct - 9 Oct 20:00

Directed by Conall Morrison
Set design by Bláithín Sheerin
Lighting designed by Paul Keogan
Cast includes Barry Cassin, Derbhle Crotty, Matthew Dunphy, Eamon Morrissey, Catríona Ní Mhurchu, Joan O'Hara, Judith Roddy

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Observe The son Of Ulster

These classic one act plays are presented in a triple bill programme.

First produced in the Lyric Theatre in 1945 and then in the Abbey Theatre in 1969 six years after his death, The Dandy Dolls is considered to be one of George Fitzmaurice's best plays. With its grotesque characters and its febrile story of malevolent dolls and trickster hags, The Dandy Dolls is a dark fantasy about artifice and obsession.

W.B. Yeats said about his brooding poetic drama Purgatory, first produced at the Abbey in 1938, 'I have a one-act play in my head, a scene of tragic intensity... I am so afraid of that dream'. In Purgatory, with its harrowing story of an old man killing his son to end a cycle of violence and violation, Yeats suffuses his exploration of historical tradition and cultural identity with searing force and power.

First produced at Molesworth Hall in 1904, J.M. Synge's Riders to the Sea is a powerful and haunting tragedy of a mother who loses all her sons to the sea, and remains to this day one of the enduring classics of the Abbey's repertoire. This will be performed in Irish.

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