|Druid returned to Galway this week after a string of sell-out performances and widespread critical acclaim for the company's production of The Playboy of the Western World at the Perth Festival, Australia's geographically largest and longest-running international arts festival.|
Described by The Australian newspaper as 'hilarious, gritty and authentic', with 'Druid's actors working wonderfully together and every character convincingly drawn' the production attracted capacity audiences on six consecutive nights last week at the thousand-seater His Majesty's Theatre on Hay St, Perth.
The West Australian was equally warm in its praise of the Druid production, describing how 'director Garry Hynes masterfully fuses the tragic and comic elements in her interpretation of Synge's best known work...the acting is virtually flawless, the comic timing beautiful (especially in scenes involving Marie Mullen's Widow Quin who is consistently hilarious) and Aaron Monaghan invests Christy with the physical energy and eloquence of a man whose ego rapidly elevates him, in his own mind, from a simple peasant to an almost-mythic hero'.
Ruth Negga's performance of Pegeen Mike was described by The West Australian as 'feisty and strident', Marie Mullen's Widow Quin as 'show-stealing' and Aaron Monaghan's Christy Mahon as 'played with comic energy' noting that the entire cast 'clearly delight in the playfulness of Synge's famously ripe, lyrical wordplay... enabling you to sit back and revel in a performance cemented by Druid's long fascination with Synge'.
Druid recently swept the boards in The Irish Times ESB Irish Theatre Awards 2004. The company won awards for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Costume Design and the company's Artistic Director Garry Hynes received The Irish Times ESB Special Tribute Award for her services to Irish Theatre over the past 30 years..
Druid gratefully acknowledges the assistance of The Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism.