Patrick wants to live and work in Ireland but he is African. He lands in a bar in the west and is offered a trial run – it is St. Patrick’s Day after all. Patrick’s survival depends upon the imagination of the locals. Eventually, the drama gives way to something more surreal. The characters fade and the author’s relationship with his own father (who is dead) demands attention. Only then is integration possible and people are seen as people, hopefully.
Playboyz is a re-imagining of JM Synge’s Playboy of the Western World. Synge says ‘on the stage, there must be joy, and there must be reality’. The Irish mix of the craic and the tragic continues but breaks from authority and tradition. This is a play about seeking asylum. It is a play about Irishness. It stays true to the wild spirit of the original, in its questioning of the whole idea of transformation.
‘Things will get messy’.
Suitable for ages 16+
Contains strong language
Funded through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award.
Cast and Creative Team
Directed by Martin Sharry
Dramaturgical Advice: Vukašin Nedeljkovic
Cast: Amy Conroy, Kwaku Fortune, Rebecca Guinnane, Conor Madden, Pat McGrath, Solomon Osho
Costume and Set Design: Deirdre Dwyer
Lighting Design: Eoin Winning
Sound Design: Brendan Rehill
Information and Tickets
Venue: The New Theatre
Previews: Sept 27 & 28, 7.30pm
Dates: Sept 29, 7.30pm Sept 30, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Oct 1, 2.30pm
Tickets: €14 – €20
Duration: Approx. 75 mins. No Interval.
Talking Theatre: Sept 30, post-show (7.30pm) with members of the company
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