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Critical Acclaim for DruidSynge

In what The Irish Times described as ‘one of the greatest achievements in the history of Irish theatre’, Druid this summer presented the first ever staging of John Millington Synge’s entire theatrical canon. This ambitious and award-winning collective presentation (as a series of double bills over two or three days or as a very special experience when, on selected dates, all six plays were presented on the same day) fulfilled a long-term artistic commitment by Druid’s Tony Award winning director Garry Hynes to re-evaluate and re-engage with one of Ireland’s dramatic giants.

This ‘mammoth endeavour’ (The International Herald Tribune) was feted by critics on both sides of the Atlantic, described as ‘breathtaking’ (The New York Times); ‘spectacular’ and ‘beautifully executed’ (Variety Magazine); ‘astounding’ (The Observer); ‘an epic triumph’ (The Irish Independent); ‘a colossal achievement…wonderful…the beauty, energy and complexity is formidable’ (The Scotsman); ‘superb’, and ‘awe at the achievement of this Druid company’ (The Guardian); ‘terrific’ (The Independent); (and ‘unforgettable’ (The Irish Examiner). A truly amazing experience.

DruidSynge premiered at the 2005 Galway Arts Festival, opening at the city’s Town Hall Theatre on Saturday 16th July, followed by performances in Dublin (Olympia Theatre) and the Edinburgh International Festival (The King’s Theatre) before concluding its 2005 run with a week of stunning performances on the Aran island of Inis Meain in a range of locations including a unique open-air setting at Dun Chonchur (a large circular walled fortress). DruidSynge involved a company of 19 actors performing across the repertoire.

Directed by Garry Hynes, assisted by regular collaborators Francis O’Connor (design), David Bolger (movement), Sam Jackson (music), Davy Cunningham (lighting), Kathy Strachan (costumes) and with John Leonard (sound), the productions feature a roll call of Irish acting talent including Marie Mullen, Mick Lally, Eamon Morrissey and Catherine Walsh alongside many of Ireland’s finest emerging young stars including Aaron Monaghan and Gemma Reeves.

Cast included
Sarah Jane Drummey
Richard Flood
Simone Kirby
Mick Lally
Marcus Lambe
Nick Lee
Louise Lewis
Eoin Lynch
Hannah Mc Cabe
Charlie Mc Carthy
Aaron Monaghan
Eamon Morrissey
Marie Mullen
Derry Power
Peg Power
Gemma Reeves
Catherine Walsh

DruidSynge
The Shadow of The Glen
The Playboy of The Western World
The Tinker’s Wedding
The Well of The Saints
Riders To The Sea
Deirdre of The Sorrows

DruidSynge 2005

Galway Arts Festival, Town Hall Theatre
Sat 16th-Sat 23rd July 2005 & running on until Sat 30th July

Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Tues 2nd-Sat 13th August (excl Sundays)

Edinburgh International Festival, King’s Theatre
Sat 27th August – Sat 3rd September

Inis Meain
Wed 7th – Sun 11th September

DruidSynge 2006

The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
Tue 27th June – Sat 1st July 2006

Lincoln Center Festival, New York
Mon 10th, Wed 12th, Fri 14th, Sun 16th, Wed 19th, Fri 21st and Sun 23rd July 2006

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