Cashel girl to take part in Synge classic

Next month marks the second production of Smock Alley Players, the resident company of Dublin’s newest oldest playhouse Smock Alley Theatre - and among the cast will be a local Cashel girl.

Next month marks the second production of Smock Alley Players, the resident company of Dublin’s newest oldest playhouse Smock Alley Theatre - and among the cast will be a local Cashel girl.

Andy Crowe will take to the stage in JM Synge’s classic ‘The Playboy of the Western World,’ which will see Smock Alley’s main theatre transformed into the rugged west coast of Ireland.

One of the most controversial plays of its time, ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ incited riots at its premieres in both Dublin and New York City. This tale of love, lies, and deception sees Pegeen Mike prepare to wed Shawn Keogh until Christy Mahon arrives with tales of heroism and the murder of his father. Pegeen falls for his charms and their fate is sealed until Christy’s father returns from ‘the dead.’ Christy is unmasked and Pegeen is left heartbroken.

Andy Crowe graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting full–time course. Since then her theatre credits include Pining For the Fjords (Kidding Ensemble), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Storytellers), The Silk Labyrinth (Reddress), When The Hunter Returns (Quare Hawks), and Rudolph (Talisman). Other theatre credits include ‘War of The Roses’ (Whiplash) and Shakespeare In The Park directed by Kristian Marken.

She has also starred in TG4’s Céart Agus Cóir, playing the part of Hannah junior and various short films, ‘Anamnesis’ directed by Mike Heneghan, ‘Sleight of Hand’ directed by Bob Gallagher, ‘Dust’ directed by Brendan Bourke and ‘Wednesday’ directed by Tony Calally. Andy can be seen in ‘Peppers Ghost’ as part of a new video installation (based on the 1916 Rising), in the GPO. She is presently a member of ReActors Agency.

‘I Was An Emperor’ written and performed by Andy, received 5 star reviews earlier this year, as

part of the Jack Burdell Experience’s Collaborations Festival.

The first Theatre Royal built in Dublin was Smock Alley Theatre. It was on this stage that David

Garrick, the greatest actor of the 18th century, first played Hamlet. After 225 years of a

“dark stage,” in which the premises was used as a church and later a tourist exhibition, the lights are finally shining bright on Smock Alley again.

‘Playboy of the Western World’ runs at Smock Alley Theatre from Tuesday, July 10, to Sunday, August 5. There are also free nightly tours of Smock Alley before each evening performance. For further information and to buy tickets see www.smockalley.com or call box office on (01) 6770014. Tickets can be purchased through our website or entertainment.ie.