Thursday 19 October 2017

Playboyz, a modern take on Playboy of the Western World, to be staged during 60th Dublin Theatre Festival

Programme launched for Dublin Theatre Festival

25/7/2017. Fiona Garvan, Marketing and development executive lights the candles for Artistic Director Willie Whitebefore with Director Lynne Parker, actor Sean McGinley, young actors Ollie West, Grace Cahill pictured in the Gaiety Theatre Dublin. They blow out candles on a 60th Anniversary cake marking the launch of the programme for the 60th Anniversary Dublin Theatre Festival .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
25/7/2017. Fiona Garvan, Marketing and development executive lights the candles for Artistic Director Willie Whitebefore with Director Lynne Parker, actor Sean McGinley, young actors Ollie West, Grace Cahill pictured in the Gaiety Theatre Dublin. They blow out candles on a 60th Anniversary cake marking the launch of the programme for the 60th Anniversary Dublin Theatre Festival .Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

A re-imaging of John Millington Synge classic text Playboy of the Western World is to be staged as part of the 60th Dublin Theatre Festival.

Playboyz by Martin Sharry is set in modern day Ireland and follows outsider Patrick - originally from Africa - as he is offered a trial run in a bar in the west of Ireland.

The play promises to be a mixture of ‘craic and the tragic’ and will ‘stay true to the wild spirit’ of Synge’s original text while ‘questioning the whole idea of transformation.’

The festival will also stage the world premiere of award winning writer Sebastian Barry’s play On Blueberry Hill.

Celebrating it's 60th anniversary, organisers of the festival hope to draw on the DTF's theatrical history and draw on the success of previous hits.

Can’t Cope Won’t Cope star Seana Kerslake will appear Eugene McCabe’s King of the Castle.

The play debuted at the festival in 1964 and returns under the direction of Garry Hynes.

Twenty five years after it was first presented as part of the 1992 Dublin Theatre Festival, Frank Pig Says Hello based on his novel The Butcher Boy will be staged at the Draoicht and Axis Ballymun.

The Suppliant Women which has been described as ‘an epic feminist protest song’ will open the festival.

As part of the production 50 local female volunteers will share the stage with professional actors.

The Royal Shakespeare Company will make their way to Taillaght with their puppetry show of Venus and Adonis.

Many of the works touch on topical and emotive issues; Rapids from Talking Shop Ensemble, for example, examines the stigma surrounding men and women who are HIV +.

Festival Director Willie White said; “Since our first edition 60 years ago, Ireland has changed profoundly and Irish theatre has been transformed along with it.”

The festival will run from September 28 - October 15.

Check out the full programme at www.dublintheatrefestival.com

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