J. M. Synge pp 45-48 | Cite as

An Exciting Experience

  • Walter Starkie


The most exciting theatrical experience of my youth took place in my thirteenth year when J. M. Synge’s Play The Playboy of the Western World was produced for the first time at the Abbey Theatre in January 1907. It was my first visit to the Abbey Theatre, and Paddy Tobin, whom at school we all considered an expert in theatrical matters as he had acted with his three cousins, the Wogan Brown girls (all of them excellent actresses, and one of them, Dorothy, so vivacious that she appealed to Bernard Shaw as the ideal embodiment of Dolly in You Never Can Tell), promised to bring me round to the Green Room to introduce me to Lady Gregory.


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