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THE FIRST PEGEEN by George O'Brien
September 24 - October 12, 2019
Time: 1pm (doors at 12.50pm)

The courtship of JM Synge and Molly Allgood - Irish Theatre’s most endearing love story.
Bewley's Cafe Theatre is proud to present the World Premiere of

by George O'Brien

She was a stage-struck nineteen-year old, he was a director of the Abbey Theatre approaching middle age. She was a caution, he was just cautious. She was a city girl, he liked country roads best.
Theirs was an unlikely love from the start.
And yet this cockeyed Romeo and Juliet were so enraptured by each other that romance between J.M. Synge and Molly Allgood remains one of the Irish theatre’s most endearing and enduring stories.

She made her name as the first Pegeen Mike in The Playboy of the Western World. And her performance and his script made that play – as notorious as the two of them were, in its day -- one of the Abbey’s most lasting contributions to world theatre.

But only Molly lived to tell the tale. For, prematurely, death did them part.

The First Pegeen is a portrait of Molly on the day of her beloved’s funeral, as she walks distractedly around Dublin without direction and without relief, her mind a mix of memory and desire, the footsteps echoing the harsh clash of past against present, trying – and eventually succeeding – to find in herself how best life and love might be reclaimed even as she is riven by the pain of loss.

The First Pegeen is the first stage play by the award-winning Irish writer and academic, George O’Brien, whose acclaimed memoirs include The Village of Longing: An Irish Boyhood in the Fifties ; Dancehall Days, or Love in Dublin; and Out of Our Minds.

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NOTE: Soup service is suspended till further notice. In place of this we invite you to dine, before or after the show, in Bewley’s café.
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