J. M. Synge pp 22-25 | Cite as

An ‘Un-Irish’ Play

  • Maire Nic Shiubhlaigh


We returned to Dublin flushed from our victory and not a little awed by the high praise which had been showered upon us; our visit had brought us into personal contact with many of the most eminent figures in the London theatre world. We had, it seemed, arrived. Who was to blame us if we thought it was but a mere step to even greater triumphs? But any hopes we had were soon dashed. Our next appearance in Dublin could not compare in any way with the popular success of the London one. In October, just five months after our return, we introduced a new play by an author whose work was later to make the name of the Irish theatre famous all over the world, and had the unusual experience of turning a powerful nationalist club in Dublin against us.


Irish Theatre Typical Gesture Unusual Experience High Praise Musical Comedy 


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  1. 4.
    For a record of the press reviews of In the Shadow of the Glen see E. H. Mikhail, J. M. Synge: A bibiliography of Criticism (London: Macmillan, 1975) pp. 108–9.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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