Due to current Level 3 restrictions The Whiteheaded Boy will be available via live audio broadcast only.
The Everyman presents a rehearsed reading of The Whiteheaded Boy by Lennox Robinson, as part of Play It by Ear, a programme of shows for The Everyman stage and available on live audio broadcast.
Denis Goeghegan is ‘The Whiteheaded Boy’ of the title. He is the apple of his mother’s eye and the envy of his siblings. Therefore, his inevitable fall from grace is particularly spectacular.
Notionally studying medicine in Dublin, Denis arrives home to his Irish small-town family to find out, with little surprise, that he has once again failed his examinations. Rather than face the shame of his failure, his long-suffering and indulgent parents decide with great reluctance that he should go to Canada to seek his fortune, however Denis has other ideas.
Hijinks, marriage proposals, bribes, and counter-bribes ensue as the family members exploit and misinterpret Denis' situation. Full of twists and turns, ups and downs, and families fighting each other and one another, it culminates in a happy ending – for some, if not for others!
The play is as relevant today as when it was first presented at the Abbey in 1916. Not only does it reveal the dynamics of a family, but it is in fact a pointed analysis of Irish culture. Mrs. Geoghegan, in her coddling of Denis, represents at once the loving but stifling Mother Ireland and the English colonial presence.
Cork playwright Lennox Robinson (1886-1958) wrote The Whiteheaded Boy in 1915. It opened to rave reviews in 1916 and is frequently called Lennox’s masterpiece.
Written by Lennox Robinson
Directed by Ger Fitzgibbon
Date and Time
Saturday Oct 17, 2020 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM IST
15 MacCurtain Street, Cork
Tickets cost €9 Audio Broadcast, click here to book