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Riders to the Sea

OVERVIEW

  • Playwright

    John Millington (J.M.) Synge 

  • Setting

    An Island off the West of Ireland.

  • Synopsis

    After nine days of constant grieving for her missing son, Michael, who, she feels certain, has been drowned, Maurya has fallen into a fitful sleep. Her daughter, Cathleen, is busy with household tasks, when another daughter, Nora, slips quietly into the kitchen with a bundle given her by the young priest. It contains part of the clothes taken from the body of a drowned man far in the north. They have been sent to Maurya's cottage with a view to possible identification.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts

    One Act

  • Cast Size Male

    4

  • Cast Size Female

    6

ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

Original Cast  
Men and Women P.J. Kelly
Cathleen Sara Allgood
Bartley W.G. Fay
Nora Emma Vernon
Maurya Honor Lavelle
Men and Women G. Roberts
Men and Women Maire Ní Gharbhaigh
Men and Women Doreen Gunning
Men and Women Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh
Men and Women Seumus O'Sullivan

PUBLISHED SCRIPTS

TRANSLATIONS

  • Published in Irish as

  • Title

    Uaigneas an ghleanna, agus, Chun na farraige síos / le J.M. Synge ; arna gcur i nGaeilge ag Tomás Ó Flaithearta

  • Year

    1972

  • Published By

    Sáirséal agus Dill

  • Address

    Baile Átha Cliath
    Republic of Ireland

  • ISBN

    0902563211

  • Published in German as

  • Title

    Stücke ( Die Nebelschlucht. - Reiter zum Meer. - Die Kesselflickerhochzeit. - Der Held der westlichen Welt). Deutsch von Joachim Krehayn

  • Year

    1972

  • Published By

    Reclam Verlag Leipzig

  • Address

    Germany

  • Website

    www.reclam.de/

  • ISBN

    B002FTOV90

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  • Published in French as

  • Title

    Théâtre complet : Cavaliers de la mer ; L'Ombre de la vallée ; La Fontaine aux saints ; Les Noces du rétameur ; Le Baladin du monde occidental ; Deirdre des douleurs. Traduit par Françoise Morvan

  • Year

    2005

  • Published By

    Éditions Les Solitaires Intempestifs

  • Address

    1 Rue Gay Lussac -
    25000 Besançon
    France

  • Website

    www.solitairesintempestifs.com

  • ISBN

    2-84681-123-7

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RIGHTS INFORMATION

  • Copyright Expired

SOURCE OF INFORMATION

The information for this entry was taken from Ireland's Abbey Theatre: A History 1899-1951 by Lennox Robinson, with additional information from press cuttings of the time.