Liam Swords Foundation

Daring to be European: Synge & Parisian Ireland

Daring to be European: Synge & Parisian Ireland

In 1893, controversial playwright and Abbey Theatre director John Millington Synge travelled to Germany in hopes of becoming a professional musician. Diverging from this path, he moved to Paris in 1895 where he took classes in a range of subjects including comparative phonetics, French literature, and Celtic civilisation. Synge spent several winters in the French capital before returning to Ireland to focus his energies on the Abbey Theatre. This lecture by Liam Swords Foundation Fellow Catherine Wilsdon (School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin) traces the young Irishman's movements in Paris shedding light on the various people he encountered, the networks he was part of and the ideas to which he was exposed.



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