The Moat Club amateur drama group based in the Moat Theatre, Naas, will bring to the stage a classic play from the Irish canon, Playboy of the Western World, from Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th February.
The story is well known. Christy Mahon arrives alone on a dark night to a small Mayo community, armed only with a fantastic story of how he murdered and buried his tyrannical father.
Synge’s portrayal of a community happy to worship a murderer caused riots when first performed on the stage of the Abbey Theatre in 1907.
Ger O’Shea, director of the play, explains why he chose to put it on in 2011 .“Like all true classics, this story is quite relevant to Ireland today, with our obsession with fame, our hero-worship of the ‘bad boys’ of film, music and sport, our rewarding of the ‘cute hoors’ in politics and business, despite - or because of - the things they get away with”. It is perhaps appropriate that the play will run during the week of the General Election including the 25th February, the day of the election itself.
Ger O’Shea directs a cast of new-comers and established Moat Club players including Cathal Healy as Christy Mahon, Lianne O’Shea as Pegeen Mike, Paddy Travers as Old Mahon and Pauline Clooney (last seen as Vera in Tom Murphy’s The Wake) as The Widow Quinn.
Great attention to detail has been paid to the costumes, props and set including the bringing in of several tons of topsoil for the floor of the cottage to create the authentic feel of a typical early twentieth century dwelling.
The Playboy of the Western World runs from Tuesday 22nd to Saturday 26th February at 8pm nightly at the Moat Theatre. Tickets are n15 (concessions n12) from the box office (045 883030) or the theatre website www.moattheatre.com.