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Google Arts & Culture: The Journey of 'The Playboy'

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From Google Arts & Culture comes this interactive exhibition about John Millington Synge's controversial 1907 play, The Playboy of the Western World. Set in Western Ireland in the early 1900s, The Playboy tells the story of Christy Mahon, a young man who becomes a local hero after he reports to have murdered his father. Despite the play's use of poetic and evocative language, the opening performance provoked riots from Irish nationalists who believed the story portrayed Ireland in a derogatory light. This online exhibition, curated by Nicholas Grene and James Little of Trinity College Dublin's School of English, was created in commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the The Playboy's first performance. Visitors to this site may scroll through the exhibit to learn more about the historical context and explore select artifacts, including diary pages, corrected manuscripts, and a letter written by Synge to Molly Allgood, his fiance, the day after riots broke out in response to the play. In addition, visitors can listen to audio recordings of dramatic dialogue and view photographs from various productions of the play.
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2017-02-10
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