The Playboy of the Western World

by J M Synge
(in Mandarin, with an all Chinese cast)

Transposed to a modern setting of a hairdressers and foot massage parlour, otherwise known as a ‘Whore Dressers” on the outskirts of Beijing where the normal business of hairdressing takes place out front but there are other less mundane activities happening elsewhere on the premises. Performed in Mandarin.

Directed by Gavin Quinn
Designed by Aedín Cosgrove
Translated by Yue Sun
Produced by Wang Zhaohui (China) and Aoife White (Ireland)

Cast:
Xia Zi Xin, Liao Wei, Zhang Wan Kun, Lan Fa Qing, Wang Zhuo, Bai Shuo, Zhang Ting Ting, Sun Xiao Yan, Wang Jing Lei and Bao Gang.

“Stoking nationalist flames and testing the boundaries of decency.”
Variety

“PEKING AT YOUR KNICKERS, CHINESE CRACKER IN STAGE STORM. AN IRISH PLAY HAS SPARKED A SEX STORM IN CHINA – because one of the cast shows her KNICKERS.”
The Sun

“The Actress’s mini-skirt is too short – call the police!”
Daily Mail

“Short shifts leave Beijingers breathless. It’s funny and very hip. You never get bored. The mostly young audience was extremely enthusiastic.” 
The Irish Times

“This exciting production is innovative and unique, drawing on the counterpoints of an Irish story and contemporary urban Chinese culture.”
Irish Independent

With the kind support of Culture Ireland

Dates

  • The Oriental Pioneer Theatre, Beijing, China
    2006
  • Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland
    2006