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Brian Friel - Translations

A new production of Brian Friel's masterpiece about language and power.

It's the summer of 1833. In a hedge-school in Donegal, the schoolmaster's prodigal son is about to return from Dublin. With him are two army officers. Their aim is to create a map of the area, and, in the process, replace the Irish place names with English equivalents. It's an act with unexpected and violent consequences.

Thirty years ago playwright Brian Friel and actor Stephen Rea founded the Field Day Theatre Company in Northern Ireland. A company that aimed to provide a 'fifth province' in which Ireland's political and social troubles could be explored and re-imagined. Translations was its first production and became an instant classic. To mark its anniversary, BBC Radio 4 has commissioned a new production, specially adapted for radio by Michael Duke.

Cast:

Yolland.....Samuel Barnett
Lancey......Mark Bazeley
Doalty......John Paul Connolly
Jimmy Jack......Dermot Crowley
Sarah........Roisin Gallagher
Manus......David Ireland
Bridget.....Aoife McMahon
Hugh........Gerard McSorley
Owen......Eugene O'Hare
Maire......Eileen Walsh

Director: Kirsty Williams.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 26 Jan 2015 03:30

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