Adapted by Diarmuid De Faoite
and Justin 

Music by Justin Mc Carthy 

Tour Dates 2021


Irish Museum of Modern Art


August 5th to 7th

Muckross Traditional Farms, 

Muckross House

August 19th to 21st 

Coole Park 

Nature Reserve 

Co Galway 

August 26th to 28th 

Synge out the news - the Playboy is taking to the roads this August!

 Our travelling troupe of 15 players will visit IMMA in Dublin, Killarney and Coole Park, Co. Galway. This mischievous, musical adaptation of Synge's classic will also feature legendary actress Kate O’Toole plus some special musical guests and is being presented outdoors under canvas, in the style of a 1950's theatrical fit-up!  Get your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

The Playboy of the Western World – The Musical always gets the audience dancing in the aisles, or in this case, in a tent!

This musical version of JM Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World is set in a radio studio in 1959 and includes a full cast, a live band and two foley artists creating hilarious live sound effects. Written by Diarmuid De Faoite and Justin McCarthy, with music by Justin McCarthy, the musical is a live version of their award winning radio play broadcast by RTE.

The show is being performed under a tent. 'It's like going back to the 1950's'  according to Justin McCarthy one of the show’s producers 'It's probably the first time in years that live theatre has  been performed under a stretch a tent!'s really authentic, like one of the original theatrical fit ups!’

The show has been staged previously in the Town Hall Theatre & Galway Summer Garden to critical acclaim:

“This is a production that offers pure escapism, quality and fun….it's a tonic”
Judy Murphy - About Town, Galway City Tribune

“Justin McCarthy takes the familiar Synge speeches and re-mints them as toe-tapping sing-along compelling brilliant songs.”
Charlie Mac Bride Galway Advertiser

The audience reactions were equally positive:
***This is an absolutely stunning production. Great, great music, lashings of mischief and a cast so talented they make it look easy ***

***What a toe-tapping tonic! Great production, wonderful cast, fab music & true to Synge***

***A highly enthusiastic audience needed little incitement to applaud and got to their feet to join in with a rousing finale***

Cast for the 2021 tour:  Áine Ní Dhroighneáin, Eilis McCarthy,  Eoin Ó Dubhghaill, Daniel Guinanne, Fia Rua, Fred McCloskey, Helen Gregg,  Muireann Ní Raghallaigh,  Philip Sweeney, and featuring special guest Kate O'Toole as the narrator. 

The Stooks - the live band - with  Charlie Foley, Cormac Dunne, Jimmy Fitz  and Justin McCarthy.