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The Shaws of Synge Street


  • Playwright

    John O'Donovan (1) 

  • Synopsis

    O'Donovan deals with the early part of Shaw's Life, opening on a Christmas Eve in Synge Street, Dublin, Shaw's birtrhplace. Mr. Shaw (Father) is portrayed as a feckless person and inadequate parent, while Mrs. Shaw abandons both her husband and son to pursue a career in London. The play demonstrates the effect Shaw's family had on his adolescence and the anarchic spirit of his creative genius.

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Original Production

Original Cast  
Sonny(G.B.S.) Barry McGovern
Guest Peadar Lamb
George John Lee Ray McAnally
Ann Ellen Kathleen Barrington
Lucinda Elizabeth Angela Newman
Guest Aideen O'Kelly
Joseph Robinson Harry Brogan
Dr. Shaw, F.T.C.D. Bill Foley
Dr. Walter Gurly Edward Golden
American Tourist Geoff Golden
Porter Micheál Ó Briain
Patrick Cooke Micheál Ó hAonghusa
George Carr Shaw Philip O'Flynn
Matthew Edward McNulty James Caffrey
A Lady May Craig
Joseph Margan, M.D. Vincent Dowling
Lucy Eithne Lydon
Rev. George William Carroll Frainc MacMornáin
Guest Fidelma Murphy
Production Team  
Settings by Tomás Mac Anna
Produced by Ria Mooney

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