Arambe Productions on its disagreement with the Abbey Theatre:

The Playboy of the
Western World

in a new version by
Bisi Adigun and Roddy Doyle Commissioned by
Arambe Productions

“Arambe’s new version of The Playboy of the Western World is an Arts Council funded modern reinterpretation of J M Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World.

To coincide with the centenary of the first production of this Irish classic in the Abbey in 1907, Arambe commissioned its founder and artistic director, Bisi Adigun and Irish award winning author Roddy Doyle (1993 Booker Prize Winner), to work collaboratively for ten months in 2006 to adapt The Playboy. In October 2007, The Abbey produced the premiere of the new version to critical and commercial success.

It is with deep regret that Arambe Productions who commissioned the new version of the new Playboy, and Bisi Adigun who came up with the idea and co-wrote the play, disassociate themselves with the proposed December production of the new version of the Playboy.

This is because the Abbey Theatre
have refused to honour the contractual agreement they entered into with Arambe.”

Go to the Arambe Web site:

Story from The Sunday Times:

December 21, 2008

Abbey in legal drama over Playboy run

African company challenges Abbey’s production of Synge remake

(Irish Film Institute/PA Wire.)

Roddy Doyle.

Mark Tighe

IT IS more than a hundred years since a riot greeted its first performance, and now a row over the rights to the Abbey Theatre's remake of Playboy of the Western World is set to be played out in the High Court.

Arambe Productions, an African company, is suing the national theatre and novelist Roddy Doyle, co-writer of the new version of the play, claiming breach of contract. The theatre company lodged the case last week. On its website Arambe distances itself from the latest run of Playboy, which began last Tuesday . . .  

 (Read more:)


Description from the Abbey Theatre Web site:

The Playboy of the Western World

In a new version by Bisi Adigun and Roddy Doyle

It’s back!

By popular demand, Bisi Adigun and Roddy Doyle’s hilarious version of Synge’s great classic, The Playboy of the Western World, returns for your delight this Christmas.

This hugely successful production of the Abbey’s most
(in)famous play was loved by audiences and critics alike during its first run in 2007.

In this bang up-to-date version, the action has been moved from the West of Ireland to a pub in west Dublin. The Playboy, Christy Mahon, is now Christopher Malomo, a well-educated refugee from Nigeria, on the run after he ‘killed’ his father with a pestle for pounding yams.

With this rousing new version, Synge’s extraordinary play re-discovers its ability to tell the truth of a contemporary Irish experience and continues its legacy, as vibrant as ever.

'laugh out loud funny' Irish Times

'a winner all the way' Sunday Independent

Commissioned by Arambe Productions with the assistance of the Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíonn.

Please note this play contains strong language

Ruth Bradley, Kate Brennan, Liam Carney, Phelim Drew, Hilda Fay, Liz Fitzgibbon, Charlene Gleeson, Joe Hanley, Chuk Iwuji, Rory Nolan, George Seremba

Director:  Jimmy Fay

Set design:  Anthony Lamble

Lighting design:  Sinéad Wallace

Costume design:  Catherine Fay

Sound design:  Vincent Doherty and Ivan Birthistle


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