John Millington Synge's classic play THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD performs next week at the ADC Theatre. We spoke to the show's team to find out more about what audiences can expect.
How do you want an audience to react to the show?
To just relax, be entertained and enjoy returning to the theatre! The play has so much humour in the writing along with entertaining characters and an intriguing storyline. It can also be thought-provoking as we see how easy it is to swept along by scandal instead of condemning the wrong-doing involved.
The play caused riots when it was first performed in 1907. Why was this and does the play come across differently to a modern audience?
It was two reasons really. First it was seen by some as immoral with its reference to a 'drift of chosen females in their shifts' and the lack of restraint in the women in their pursuit of the intriguing stranger. Then there was the political question at a time of nationalism around the foolishness of the villagers. It was seen by some at the time as reinforcing a damaging Irish stereotype but for a modern audience it is a glance back at the innocence of an isolated community viewed with affection rather than ridicule.
Without spoiling too much, what is your favourite moment in the show?
Our Director Graham Waterhouse says 'I have several favourite speeches... but for a piece of action it would be the mayhem of the final few minutes of the play!'