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The First Pegeen


  • Playwright

    George O'Brien 

  • Synopsis

    A portrait of Molly Allgood, the lover of JM Synge, and the first actress to interpret the lead character of Pegeen Mike in The Playboy of the Western World. The play takes place on the day of Synge's funeral, as Molly walks distractedly around Dublin without direction and without relief, her mind a mix of memory and desire, trying – and eventually succeeding – to find how life and love might be reclaimed despite the pain of loss.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


Original Production

Original Cast  
Molly Allgood Aisling O'Mara
Production Team  
Director Michael James Ford
Scenic Designer Jack Kirwan
Lighting Designer Colm Maher
Costume Designer Nicola Burke
Music by Delmaine Quartet
Music Arranged by Vanessa Sweeney
Photography Futoshi Sakauchi
Graphic Design Beata Barylka
Assistant Director Vanessa Byrne

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    George O'Brien

  • Address


  • Phone

    +1 703-525-7381

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the play's original production programme.