Two scenes from The Playboy of the Western World (first published in 1907) written by the Irish playwright John Millington Synge (1871-1909) and produced at the Theatre Dada, Prague, Czech,
by Divadlo Dada and directed by Jiří Frejka in 1928
When The Playboy of the Wester World was first performed in Ireland it caused a huge controversy, with riots in the streets. Prague was one of the first other cities where it was performed. But it didn’t cause a scandal here, did it?
“No, not really. The main issue with the original production concerned the authenticity of the representation of the nation, which obviously was not an issue here in Prague and the Czech Lands whatsoever. No one really minded the various ways that the Irish may be depicted in this play. The next production in 1928 by Divadlo Dada – the Theatre Dada – directed by Jiří Frejka, was totally avant garde and really successful and actually started a tradition of staging the play here – as one of the very, very popular plays.”