About The Playboy of the Western World and Two Other Irish Plays
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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About J. M. Synge
John Millington Synge was born in 1871 of an old Anglo-Irish family. Due to ill-health he was educated mainly by private tutors before studying at Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He went to Germany to… More about J. M. Synge
About William Butler Yeats
Keith Alldritt, professor of English at the University of British Columbia, is the author of The Making of George Orwell, The Visual Imagination, D. H. Lawrence, Modernism in the Second World War, Churchill the Writer: His Life as a Man… More about William Butler Yeats
Published by Penguin Classics May 01, 1997| 224 Pages| ISBN 9780140188783