DOI: 10.5040/9781408189207.00000030
Acts: 2. Roles: Male (2) , Female (2) , Neutral (0)

Sarah Casey, an Irish traveller woman, has for years been going the roads with Michael Byrne, a casual tinsmith; now she would like to get married. She has saved up just enough money to pay the priest to marry them; half a sovereign plus the tin can Michael has made is to be the fee for the ceremony. But the tin can is too much of a temptation for Michael's mother Mary, who sees in it a quick sale that would give her ample money for alcohol, leaving Sarah unable to pay the unsympathetic pastor for the wedding, and the respectability, she so craves.

A broad comedy with elements of social truth, The Tinkers' Wedding was refused production in the Abbey Theatre, instead premiering at His Majesty’s Theatre London, 11 November, 1909, after Synge had passed away.

From Synge: Complete Plays


Bloomsbury Publishing

John Millington Synge

ISBN: 9780413485205

Series: World Classics

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