in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre
As part of our New Play Development Reading Series
By J.M. Synge
Adapted by Bisi Adigun and Roddy Doyle
Tuesday, October 26 at 6pm
J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World was first staged in the Abbey Theatre in 1907, depicting the humor, colloquialism, and struggle of rural life in the West of Ireland.
A hundred years later the story is re-told by Nigerian-born Bisi Adigun and one of Ireland’s best-known writers, Roddy Doyle. The original western farmers and villagers are now tough Dublin gangsters, drug users, and loose women. The scallywag, runaway playboy of the story Christy Mahon is re-imagined as Nigerian refugee, Christopher Malomo.
This adaptation takes the play on a hundred years later to present-day urban Ireland and highlights the changes that have occurred in the country, including the issues of immigration, inequality, and urban gangland crime.