To mark the centenary of the death of Irish playwright J. M. Synge, BBC Radio 3 presents new productions of two of his pivotal short plays. The Tinker's Wedding is a light comedy about the country people of Wicklow while Riders to the Sea is often described as the definitive Irish tragedy. They are presented alongside a documentary recorded on location in Galway and the Aran Islands.

The Tinker's Wedding

Sarah Casey …… Denise Gough
Michael Byrne …… Stephen Hogan
Mary Byrne …… Brid Brennan
Priest …… John Rogan

Riders to the Sea

Maurya …… Brid Brennan
Nora …… Fiona O'Shaughnessy
Cathleen …… Denise Gough
Bartley …… Nick Lee
Old Man …… John Rogan
Another Man …… Stephen Hogan
One of the Women …… Caroline Guthrie
With contributions from Thomas Conway, James Harrold, Dara O Conaola, Lasairfhiona Ni Chonaola, Maire Mulkerrin, Dolores Lyne and Sean O Coistealbha.

Produced and directed by Steven Canny.

Listen on BBC Radio: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00j4j1g

Wikipedia info on Synge: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synge

Schedule of the Synge Centenary at Trinity College, Ireland: http://syngecentenary.blogspot.com/

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