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Brian Friel

BRIAN FRIEL

  (1929 - )

Nationality:    Irish
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Literary Agent:    The Agency (London) Ltd  

Brian Patrick O'Friel was born in 1929 in Omagh, County Tyrone, his father a schoolmaster from Derry and his mother a postmistress from Glenties, Co Donegal. Friel attended Long Tower School, Derry and continued his education at St Columb's College, Derry and St Patrick's College, Maynooth, where he studied for a career in the priesthood. Friel would eventually decide to follow his father into the teaching profession and went on to enter St Joseph's Teacher Training College, Belfast. He taught as a school teacher in and around Derry from 1950-60 and in 1954 married Anne Morrison. They went on to have four daughters and one son. Friel's grandparents were illiterate Irish speakers from Donegal, and they would prove influential in his work, which often centres on the divide between religious, rural Ireland and the more progressive Ireland of the north and urban south. In 1969, frustrated with the Unionist domination of Ulster, Friel moved to his beloved Donegal. Many of his later plays, including the celebrated Dancing at Lughnasa, were set in Ballybeg, a rural settlement in remote Donegal. As Seamus Deane notes, in 'that borderland of Derry, Donegal and Tyrone in which a largely Catholic community leads a reduced existence under the pressure of political and economic oppression', and which Friel understood perfectly. Friel's first major success stage success, Philadelphia, Here I Come, was the undisputed hit of the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1964. Subsequent plays include The Loves of Cass McGuire (1966), Lovers (1967), The Mundy Scheme (1969), The Freedom of the City (1973), Volunteers (1975), Living Quarters (1977), Faith Healer (1979), Translations (1980), an adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters(1981), an adaptation of Turgenev's novel Fathers and Sons (1987), Dancing at Lughnasa (1990), a version of Turgenev's A Month in the Country (1992), The London Vertigo, from Charles Macklin's The True Born Irishman (1992), Wonderful Tennessee (1993), Molly Sweeney (1994) and Give Me Your Answer Do! (1997). In 1980 Friel co-founded the Field Day Theatre Company with actor Stephen Rea. They staged Friel's Translations as their first production in Derry's Guildhall. Field Day Theatre Company sought to find a middle ground between the traditional culture of rural Ireland and the more secular culture of the north. Plays such as Dancing at Lughnasa deal with this divide, and through the five Mundy sisters Friel explores an Ireland where tradition, religion and modernity meet head on. In 1981, Translations, one of Friel's seminal works, was awarded the Ewart-Biggs Peace Prize. After co-founding Field Day, Friel continued his interest in the arts as a member of Aosdana, to which he was elected in 1982. In 1983 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Literature by the National University of Ireland. Dancing at Lughnasa, probably his most successful play so far, received three Tony Awards in 1992, including Best Play. Two of Friel's plays, Philadelphia, Here I Come and Dancing at Lughnasa have also been adapted into film. Collections of short stories include The Saucer of Larks(1962) and The Gold in the Sea (1966). A shy and reclusive man, Friel rarely makes public statements. A quote from his ownSelf Portrait however perhaps sheds some light on the true character of modern Ireland's leading playwright. 'I am married, have five children, live in the country, smoke too much, fish a bit, read a lot, worry a lot, get involved in sporadic causes and invariably regret the involvement, and hope that between now and my death I will have acquired a religion, a philosophy, a sense of life that will make the end less frightening than it appears to me at this moment.' Brian Friel lives in Donegal.

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        Afterplay         American Welcome         Aristocrats         Bear, The         Blind Mice, The         Communication Cord, The         Crystal And Fox         Dancing At Lughnasa         Doubtful Paradise, The         Enemy Within, The         Faith Healer         Fathers And Sons         Francophile, The         Freedom Of the City, The         Gentle Island, The         Give Me Your Answer, Do!         Hedda Gabler         Home Place, The         Living Quarters         London Vertigo, The         Lovers: Part One: Winners         Lovers: Part Two: Losers         Loves Of Cass Mcguire         Making History         Molly Sweeney         Month In the Country, A         Mundy Scheme, The         Performances         Philadelphia, Here I Come!         Three Sisters, The         Translations         Uncle Vanya         Volunteers         Wily Sweeney         Winners         Wonderful Tennessee         Yalta Game, The



Afterplay

Synopsis:
afterplay revisits the lives of two of characters, andrey Prozorov and Sonya Serebriakova, who had a previous existence in two separate Chekhov plays, Three Sister and Uncle Vanya respectively. Both characters are now middle-aged, but cannot escape the circumstances of their earlier lives; andrey is still an only boy, confused, motherless and living in the remote rural town of Taganrog; Sonya is still deeply and hopelessly in love with the local doctor. andrey now takes the train regularly from Taganrog to Moscow, allegedly to play as a violinist at the opera, Sonya is in Moscow to negotiate with the Ministry for agriculture to try to save what's left of her dwindling estate. they meet by chance for one evening, twenty years after their previous fictional lives ended.

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1st Produced:
Gate Theatre, Dublin >>>    05 Apr 2002

Company:
Gate Theatre

1st Published:
in Three Plays after, the Gallery Press, Republic of Ireland, 2002   -

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American Welcome

Synopsis:
a foreign writer arrives in the U.S. and is greeted by a loquacious American director

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1st Published:
in "Best Short Plays 1981", Chilton, Radnor, Pennsylvania, 1981   -

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play Ten Min

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Aristocrats

Synopsis:
Set in Ballybeg Hall in County Donegal, the decaying home of District Justice O'Donnell, where those who congregate for a wedding stay to attend a funeral. aristocrats chronicles the lives of three sisters and their 'peculiar' brother and reveals the way 'in which the ache of one family becomes the microcosm for the ache of a society'.

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1st Produced:
Abbey Theatre, Dublin >>>    08 Mar 1979

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1st Published:
the Gallery Press, Republic of Ireland, 1980   -

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Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  voice

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Bear, The

Synopsis:
the young widow, elena, in mourning for a year, declares herself effectively dead, only to be stirred back into life by the blustering, salty-tongued Gregory, who she cannot resist despite her best efforts.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Anton Chekhov

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Company:
Gate Theatre

1st Published:
in Three Plays after, the Gallery Press, Republic of Ireland, 2002   -

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Blind Mice, The

Synopsis:
Father Chris returns home after five years in a Chinese Communist prison. His sister's boyfriend reveals a devastating secret

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1st Produced:
ebalana Theatre, Dublin    1963

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Communication Cord, The

Synopsis:
Set in a restored thatched cottage close to the sea in the remote townland of Ballybeg, County Donegal, the Communication Cord is a farce which is preoccupied with language and its powerful effects.

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1st Produced:
Guildhall, Derry    1982

Company:
Field Day Theatre Company

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1983   -

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Genre:
Farce

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Crystal And Fox

Synopsis:
When one of couple of itinerant players touring Irish Country decides to go it alone it leads to tragic consequences.

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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1970   -

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Genre:
Tragedy

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Dancing At Lughnasa

Dancing At Lughnasa
It is 1936 and harvest time in County Donegal. In a house just outside the village of Ballybeg live the five Mundy sisters, barely making ends meet, their ages ranging from twenty-six up to forty. the two male members of the household are brother Jack, a missionary priest, repatriated from Africa by his superiors after twenty-five years, and Michael, the seven-year-old child of the youngest sister. Narrated by Michael as an adult, the play depicts two days in the lives of five remarkable women.

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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1990   978-0571144792

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Doubtful Paradise, The

Synopsis:
Willie is proud of his children. But then his son, a barrister is suspended by the Bar Committee and his daughter runs away with a bogus French Count

Notes:
also known As "the Francophile"

1st Produced:
Ulster Group Theatre, Belfast    1959

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-   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Enemy Within, The

Synopsis:
the story of Sixth Century saint - Columba

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Company:
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1st Published:
the Gallery Press, Republic of Ireland, 1979   -

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Faith Healer

Faith Healer
In the course of four monologues the story unfolds of the travelling healer Frank who has gone all over Wales and Scotland with his wife Grace, and his manager Teddy. In their respective monologues, Frank, Grace and Teddy tell their differing versions of the healer's performance and of a terrible event that slowly comes into focus.

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1st Produced:
Longacre Theatre, New York    1979

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Fathers And Sons

Synopsis:
the play's central conflict is a clash between old, aristocratic, class-ridden Russia and the fanatic zeal of young nihilist revolutionaries. the young revolutionary Bazarov's views are clear: he wants to 'smash people' and make a 'complete clearance' in order to remake Russia. Life and fate frustrate Bazarov's politics and, when exposed to them, he has to respond as a human being and not as a cynical demagogue.

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1st Produced:

Company:
National Theatre, London

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1987   -

Music:
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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Francophile, The

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Belfast    1960

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1st Published:
-   -

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Freedom Of the City, The

Synopsis:
Skinner, the outsider dislocated from family and society in oblique relationship to the Troubles in Northern Ireland

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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1973   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  15            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Gentle Island, The

Synopsis:
lives of a family on the island of Inishkeen are shown to be brutal, squalid, beset by sexual frustration and violence

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1st Published:
Davis Poynter, London, 1973   -

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Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Give Me Your Answer, Do!

Synopsis:
This play is set on a sunny August afternoon in the old manse in Ballybeg in County Donegal, now the home of novelist, Tom Connolly, and his wife, Daisy. they are visited by an American agent who may, or may not, purchase Tom`s papers for an American College library. Joining them is their novelist friend, Garrett Fitzmaurice, and his wife, Grainne, whose marriage may, or may not, outlive the year. absent from the occasion but overshadowing it by her tragedy is Bridget, the mentally-ill daughter of Tom and Daisy, who has been institutionalised since she was a child.

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1st Published:
the Gallery Press, Republic of Ireland, 1997   -

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Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler
Brian Friel's new version-taking liberties that only a master playwright might-invests Ibsen's social realist original with psychological realism, presenting the harridan's gradual mental breakdown as a physiological consequence of an entirely inflexible social milieu. Friel finds wry humour in historical hindsight; however, while the dated attitudes of Hedda's husband, lovers and lady companions provoke laughter from a contemporary audience, Hedda's final actions become an almost logical defense against a world that refuses her agency. Crucially, they still have the capacity to shock. -Irish Times. "[Brian Friel] has taken Ibsen's play and given it his own twist. His translation enlivens the dialogue between the characters, gives the play energy and brings out a wry and dark humour for a modern audience." -RTe.ie

Notes:
Original Playwright - Henrik Ibsen

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Company:
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1st Published:
the Gallery Press; First edition (30 Sep 2008)
Faber and Faber   978-1852354572

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Home Place, The

Synopsis:
the year is 1878. the widowed Christopher Gore, his son David and the woman they are both in love with, their housekeeper Margaret, live in the Lodge in Ballybeg. But in this era of unrest at the dawn of Home Rule, the seemingly serene life enjoyed at the Lodge is threatened by the arrival of Christopher's english cousin, who unwittingly ignites deep animosity among the villagers of Ballybeg.

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1st Produced:

Company:
Gate Theatre

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 2005   -

Music:
-

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Male:  8            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Living Quarters

Synopsis:
Living Quarters reconstructs a day in the life of the Butler family in the village of Ballybeg. Frank Butler, who has served all his life in the Irish army, returns from United Nations service, a hero, to learn of his young wife's affair with his son from a previous marriage.

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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1978   -

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London Vertigo, The

Synopsis:
the London Vertigo tells the story of Mrs O'Dogherty/Diggerty who is forced to reform her behaviour by dropping her newly acquired anglophile habits and language use to transform into 'the Irish Fine Lady'. Her concomitant giving up of colonial mimicry and changing back to 'decent Dublin domesticity' unwittingly rewrites the original author's own biography as comedy and farce.

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1st Produced:

Company:
Gate Theatre

1st Published:
Gallery Press, Oldcastle, 1990   -

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Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Lovers: Part One: Winners

Lovers: Part One: Winners
Young lovers drown as they attempt to sort out their different sorts of lives.

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1st Published:
Farrar StrAus, New York, 1968   -

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Genre:
Domestic Comedy One act

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Lovers: Part Two: Losers

Lovers: Part Two: Losers
Bedridden despot of a mother causes problems for middle-aged lovers

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1st Produced:

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1st Published:
Farrar StrAus, New York, 1968   -

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Genre:
Tragicomedy One act

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Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Loves Of Cass Mcguire

Synopsis:
Disreputable old spinster returns from United states to family in Ireland.

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1st Produced:
Helen Hayes Theatre, New York    1966

Company:
-

1st Published:
Noonday Press, New York, 1966   -

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Genre:
Domestic Comedy

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Male:  4            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Making History

Making History
the life of Hugh O'Neill, earl of Tyrone, whose flight to Rome after his defeat at Kinsale cleared the way for the plantation of Ulster.

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1st Produced:
Guildhall, Derry    1988

Company:
Field Day Theatre Company

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1989   978-0571154777

Music:
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Genre:
Historical

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Molly Sweeney

Synopsis:
Molly Sweeney tells the story of a woman who has the chance to regain her sight after being blind. Through a series of interconnected monologues we follow Molly's journey from darkness into light, as she lies in her hospital bed, attended by her husband and her eye surgeon.

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Company:
Gate Theatre

1st Published:
the Gallery Press, Republic of Ireland, 1994   -

Music:
-

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Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Month In the Country, A

Synopsis:
Natalya Petrovna is a young married woman who is bored by her life and her marriage to a rich, absent-minded husband. Increasingly frustrated by the loss of her youth, she has become obsessed with her small son's tutor, a young man from Moscow. He in turn appears to be engaged in a flirtation with Natalya's ward, Vera, whom she has always regarded as a daughter but now sees as a rival.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
Gate Theatre

1st Published:
the Gallery Press, Republic of Ireland, 1992   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
adaptation

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Mundy Scheme, The

Synopsis:
Corrupt Irish politicians conceive wild scheme for national prosperity

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1st Produced:

Company:
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1st Published:
Farrar StrAus, New York, 1970   -

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Genre:
Political Satire

Parts:
Male:  9            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Performances

Synopsis:
This enthralling play considers the relationship between the private life and public work of the composer Leos Janacek, the passion he felt for a married woman nearly forty years his junior and his final surge of creative energy.

Notes:
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1st Produced:

Company:
Gate Theatre

1st Published:
the Gallery Press, Republic of Ireland, 2003   -

Music:
-

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Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Philadelphia, Here I Come!
a young man attempts a reconciliation with his Father the day before setting out for America..

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1st Produced:
Gaiety Theatre, Dublin    1964

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1965   978-0571085866

Music:
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Three Sisters, The

Synopsis:
the death of Tusenbach in a meaningless quarrel is one more of the losses which empty the sisters' future of meaning

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1st Produced:
Guildhall, Derry    1981

Company:
-

1st Published:
Gallery Press, Dublin, 1981   -

Music:
-

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adaptation

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Male:  9            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Translations

Translations
the first Royal Ordnance Survey is translating the local Gaelic place names of the townland of Baile Beag in County Donegal into english, with far-reaching personal and cultural consequences for a hedge-school teacher, his two sons, and the small group of local people who attend the school.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Guildhall, Derry    1980

Company:
Field Day Theatre Company

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1981   978-0571117420

Music:
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Uncle Vanya

Synopsis:
story of an uncle in love with a young lady who is married to an old and ill man, she is attracted to the doctor who attends her husband

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1st Published:
Gallery Press, Dublin   -

Music:
-

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adaptation

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Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Volunteers

Synopsis:
Volunteers is set on an archaeological site in a contemporary Irish city centre. For five months, the 'volunteers', who are all political prisoners, have been excavating 'from early Viking down to late Georgian'. all around them is 'encapsulated history, a tangible precis of the story of Irish man'. On the last day of the dig, before the builders move in, the volunteers learn that they have been sentenced to death by their fellow internees for treason.

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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1978   -

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-

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Wily Sweeney

Synopsis:
-

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1st Produced:

Company:
Gate, Dublin

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Winners

Synopsis:
A celebration of young and truly innocent love.

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-   -

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Wonderful Tennessee

Synopsis:
Three married couples wait for a boatman to arrive to ferry them to Oilean Draiochta, Island of Otherness or Mystery. In the course of a night they talk, sing, and tell stories. What started as an escapade assumes the semblance of a pilgrimage. Gradually their true relationships and frailties are revealed.

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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London (Gallery Press ?), 1993   -

Music:
-

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Yalta Game, The

Synopsis:
This short play examines a theme from anton Chekhov's short story, 'the lady with the Little Dog', which Chekhov wrote in Yalta in the autumn of 1899. the Yalta Game tells the story of an accountant who holidays alone, leaving his wife and family behind in Moscow. While away, he plays the game of amorous dalliance and seduction, and happens on a young wife with her pet dog. they have a brief affair and part forever. But back home, they both find themselves obsessed by reveries and meet again to embark on a future of duplicity, ecstasy and perhaps of love.

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-

1st Produced:

Company:
Gate, Dublin

1st Published:
the Gallery Press, Republic of Ireland, 2001   -

Music:
-

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adaptation 1 act One act

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Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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