20, 21, 22, 23 May 2009

The Playboy of the Western World - by John Millington Synge

Directed by Jim Sinkinson

Co-Director - Di Pardoe

This production gained a Rosebowl nomination for 'Best Dramatic Production'

and Michelle Clare-Hudson was awarded 'Best Actress' for her portrayal of Pegeen Mike - well done that girl...!

For photo's of the evening, follow this link...

The awards ceremony took place at Weston-Super-Mare Winter Gardens on Sunday 18th October, 2009.

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The Playboy of the Western World caused riots during its opening week at Dublin's Abbey Theatre in 1907.

It was said to lampoon the rural Irish as being primitive and parochial and Synge was accused of being anti catholic, anti women and promoting patricide. Arthur Griffith of Sinn Fein called it "a vile and inhuman story told in the foulest language we have ever listened to from a public platform".

The play has no moral, no grand themes but it is very funny and quite sad and beautifully written. Synge's language is rhythmical and lyrical and yet realistic and it brilliantly reveals a glimpse of humanity naked in its absurdity and flaws and heroism. 101 years on it is now regarded as one of the great masterworks of 20thC Irish literature.


The play is set on the edge of a drab village on the north west coast of county Mayo. The action all takes place in Michael Flaherty's bar run by his daughter Pegeen Mike It tells the story of Christy Mahon, a young man on the run, claiming to have killed his father. Playboy in this sense refers to someone with the gift of the gab, a tall-story teller.

Christy Mahon  

Michael Flaherty

Pegeen Mike 

Shawn Keogh 

Widow Quin 

Philly Cullen

Jimmy Farrell

Sara Tansey

Susan Brady

Honor Blake


Old Mahon

Simon Carney

Godfrey Laundy

Michelle Clare-Hudson

Nick Sharp

Sarah Atkins

Matthew Godsell

Geoff Wilkinson

Rachel Taylor

Becky Sawicki-Gregg

Kay Sutton

Richard Stanway

Gerry Millward

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Rob Pardoe

  Mike Schofield

Maureen Blake

Bob Allen

  Barry Wright

  Ray Bulmer

  Pete Lawry

  Rob Pardoe

Pat Stimson

Ann Aplin

  Gaynor Clarke

  Christine Rogers

Steve Birch

Pate Lawry

Mark Whitehouse

Alan Cross

Ray Bulmer

Margaret Bulmer

Gaynor Clarke

Barry Wright

  Rona Wright

Jill Elliott