The Playboy of the Western World and Two Other Irish Plays

The Playboy of the Western World and Two Other Irish Plays




Introduction by: W. A. Armstrong

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Paperback
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$13.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140188783
  • 224 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

 

The plays that helped make modern Ireland

Riots greeted the first performance of The Playboy of the Western World at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre on 26 January 1907. Eggs, potatoes and even a slice of fruit cake were hurled at the actors during subsequent performances, and it seems unlikely that much of the actual play could have been heard in the uproar. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, with the two other plays in this volume, Yeats’s The Countess Cathleen (1892) and O’Casey’s Cock-a-doodle Dandy (1949), mark vital stages in the rich explosion of Irish drama that first made itself heard at the turn of the century and gathered momentum during the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Civil War.

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