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James Moran

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314742

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316043

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Riot at the Rep

Riot at the Rep

(p.122) 5 Riot at the Rep
Irish Birmingham
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This chapter first describes Irish protesters' disruption of the performance of a J. M. Synge's play entitled The Tinker's Wedding at the new Birmingham Repertory Theatre on 15 May 1917. During the play, each time one of the hapless actors tried to speak, members of the audience aimed a volley of catcalls, jeers, and missiles at the stage. Eggs and coins rained down, and the actors ducked and dodged to avoid injury. The discussions then turn to the reasons why the play sparked such violent protests; the career of Birmingham Repertory Theatre's manager John Drinkwater; and the staging of George Bernard Shaw's play at the Birmingham playhouse.

Keywords:   J. M. Synge, plays, Birmingham Repertory Theatrem John Drinkwater, The Tinker's Wedding, George Bernard Shaw

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