“The Playboy of the Western World” Incites Riots

playboy_western_worldJ.M. Synge’s play, “The Playboy of the Western World” premiered on this date in 1907, inciting a riot in the audience. Sinn Féin leader Arthur Griffith called the play, “a vile and inhuman story told in the foulest language we have ever listened to from a public platform.”

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