Would you like to read a part in a play? Would you like to listen to a play being read aloud?
While we are all staying home more, we want to keep in touch. And we want to enjoy some plays. Each month we will be reading and enjoying a play out loud.
It’s an opportunity to (safely) spend time with others doing something fun.
The play reading group will take place on the last Sunday of each month, and there are two sessions.
Play titles are shared in advance below so you can pre-read if you wish but there is no requirement to do so.
The event is free, but must be booked in advance. Donations are welcomed. Tickets are available for both readers and listeners and there are two sessions.
This month’s play: The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge.
‘There’s a gap between a gallous story and a dirty deed’
This savagely funny Irish classic was first produced in 1907 and was met with rioting and controversy when it premiered, sending shock waves across the dramatic world.
Set in a small village in the west coast of County Mayo, The Playboy of the Western World is a lyrical comedy which tells the story of lonely dreamer Christy Mahon who wanders into a pub, claiming that he has killed his father. Captivating the locals with his talk of bravery he becomes an instant hero but it turns out that there’s an unexpected twist in his tale.
One of Ireland’s finest writers, John Millington Synge was a co-founder of the Abbey theatre and wrote only six plays before his untimely death at the age of 37, including The Shadow of the Glen, Riders to the Sea and The Well of the Saints.