|In 2005, Druid will produce one of the most ambitious undertakings in Irish theatre for many years when it presents DruidSynge, a unique celebration of the life and work of one of Ireland's greatest writers, John Millington Synge. DruidSynge will premier in Galway, followed by national and international performances in 2005 and 2006.|
This will be the first time that all the plays have been performed together. Garry Hynes will direct all the productions.
DruidSynge will vigorously engage with and explore the entire Synge canon, offering Irish and international audiences diverse opportunities to experience the depth and passion of his work. Featuring all seven Synge titles, the festival is the culmination of eighteen months of work, which began in Spring 2004 with Druid's critically acclaimed production of The Playboy of the Western World and continued in Autumn with the double bill of The Well of the Saints and The Tinker's Wedding. DruidSynge productions in 2004 visited many of the places that are at the heart of Synge's vision, building upon Druid's unique relationship with both Synge and the communities in the peripheral areas that inspired and influenced his work.
In spring, the DruidSynge production of The Playboy of the Western World visited Geesala, Co Mayo (where Playboy is set), each of the three Aran Islands and Dun Chaoin in the Kerry Gaeltacht, retracing the journey (albeit in reverse) undertaken by Christy Mahon after allegedly slaying his father. In autumn, the DruidSynge tour of The Well of the Saints and The Tinker's Wedding double-bill included a weeklong visit to Laragh, Glendalough in Co Wicklow (the county where both plays are set and which Synge, although born in Dublin, regarded as his true home).
Both tours attracted extensive national and international media interest, with the visit to Geesala the subject of a full-page article in The New York Times on 17th March 2004.
'Druid continues to set the Irish standard'
'DruidSynge - an important journey for Druid and for Irish theatre'
The Irish Times
'DruidSynge will be remembered as an important landmark tribute to one of our greatest playwrights'
The Sunday Independent
'Garry Hynes is the most exciting contemporary interpreter of Synge'
The Irish Times
The Shadow of The Glen
Riders To The Sea
The Tinker's Wedding
The Well of The Saints
The Playboy of The Western World
Deirdre of The Sorrows
When The Moon Has Set