J.M. Synge’s In the Shadow of the Glen A Rehearsed Reading

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The Shaking Bog J.M. Synge’s in the Shadow of the Glen - A Rehearsed Reading

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The Shaking Bog

Oak Glen (in the woods)

Meeting in the Oak Glen car park at 4.00pm

No Wheelchair Access

“In most places I can see the straight ending of the cloud, but above the lake, grey fingers are coming up and down, like a hand that is clasping and opening again.” JM Synge, Glencree from Travels in Wicklow.

The language and landscape of County Wicklow had a profound influence on the writings of playwright John Millington Synge. His renowned short play, In the Shadow of the Glen, is set “at the head of a long glen in County Wicklow” and this is a very rare opportunity to encounter the play in situ in this rehearsed reading at Oak Glen.

Oak Glen is, of course, also forever associated with Synge in his famous love poem To The Oaks of Glencree, the lines of which are carved in stone in the wood: “My arms are round you, and I lean Against you, while the lark Sings over us, and golden lights, and green Shadows are on your bark.”

The reading will be introduced by renowned Synge scholar - and Wicklow resident - Prof. Nicholas Grene. With Caitríona Ní Mhurchú and Terry O’Neill. Directed by Alan Gilsenan.

Please note that this event involves a short walk into the woods and we advise suitable footwear.

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