June Irish Play Study Group – “The Playboy of the Western World” by J.M. Synge

This monthly gathering offers an opportunity for fans of Irish theatre in our community to read, enjoy and deliberate the beloved work of some of Ireland’s most iconic playwrights.

Hosted by actress and theatre practitioner, Brigid Shine, the group will tackle a new play each month, selecting scenes to study and read aloud before discussing the play as a while, its language, themes, characters and impact on Irish culture, both in the time it first hit the stage and what it has to offer audiences today.

This months text – “The Playboy of the Western World” by J.M. Synge

The Playboy of the Western World, comedy in three acts, published and produced in 1907. It is a masterpiece of the Irish literary renaissance. This most famous of Synge’s works fused the patois of ordinary Irish villagers with Synge’s sophisticated rhetoric. It enraged Irish playgoers with its satire of Irish braggadocio. The play follows the mercurial rise and fall of the character Christy Mahon, whose self-reported murder of his father earns him much admiration until his father shows up alive and in pursuit of his cowardly son.

Please email [email protected] to book your place.

Mon 27 June 2022

7:30pm - 8:30pm


About Brigid Shine:

Brigid Shine is an actress and theatre practitioner, originally from County Armagh. She holds a Bachelor of Education from St. Mary’s University College, Belfast and a Master’s in Musical Theatre from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Brigid has been lucky to play some of Ireland’s most iconic theatres alongside a host of the country’s finest creative teams and artists. Recent credits include: Abigail’s Party (The MAC, Belfast), Kiss Me, Kate (Northern Ireland Opera/Lyric Theatre Belfast); Angela’s Ashes (UK and Éire Tour/Irish Rep Theatre, NYC);The Threepenny Opera (Northern Ireland Opera/Lyric Theatre Belfast); 1932: The People of Gallagher Street (The MAC, Belfast).

Brigid is passionate about the work of Irish playwrights of the past and present, and the transformative power of their plays. She is excited to indulge in some play-reading and lively discussion with the ICC community in the coming months.