In the Shadow of the Glen by J. M. Synge

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In the Shadow of the Glen by J. M. Synge

In the Shadow of the Glen, also known as The Shadow of the Glen, is a one-act play written by the Irish playwright J. M. Synge and first performed at the Molesworth Hall, Dublin, on October 8, 1903. It was the first of Synge’s plays to be performed on stage. It is set in an isolated cottage in County Wicklow in what was then the present day (c. 1903).

A tramp seeking shelter in the Burkes’ isolated farmhouse finds Nora tending to the corpse of Dan. Nora goes out to find Michael, and Dan reveals to the tramp that his death is a mere ruse. He plays dead again when Nora and Michael return, but leaps up in protest when Michael proposes to Nora. Dan kicks Nora out to wander the roads and she leaves with the tramp, who promises her a life of freedom.


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