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  • Playwright

    Martin Sharry 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    John Millington (J.M.) Synge

  • Adapted From Notes

    Adapted from The Playboy of the Western World

  • Setting

    A bar in the West of Ireland

  • Synopsis

    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. 

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    29 September 2017

  • Producer

  • Original Venue

    The New Theatre

Original Cast  
Shirley Amy Conroy
Tom John Cronin
Boss John Cronin
Martin Conor Madden
Dan Conor Madden
Johnny John Johnny Conor Madden
Philly Conor Madden
Martin Rebecca Guinnane
MadameAsh69 Rebecca Guinnane
Masha Rebecca Guinnane
Joe Kwaku Fortune
Patrick Kwaku Fortune
Martin Kwaku Fortune
Ma Amy Conroy
BanSheeSexy Amy Conroy
Performer Solomon Osho
Production Team  
Director Martin Sharry
Dramaturgical Assistant VukaĊĦin Nedeljkovic
Set & Costume Designer Deirdre Dwyer
Lighting Designer Eoin Winning
Sound Designer Brendan Rehill
Stage Manager Hannah O'Reilly
Production Photography Jaesin Yu
Production Manager Martin Cahill
Producer Michelle Cahill

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the play's original production programme, as well as the Dublin Theatre Festival programme.