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Translations – National Theatre, London

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Ian Rickson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the latest episode of his podcast Lexicon Valley, linguistics professor John McWhorter considers what it may take for one language to become universal. Dismissing both Mandarin Chinese and Esperanto’s prospects – the former relying too much on intonation of the same vowel sounds to form completely different words, the latter ...

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The Weir – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Designer: Madeleine Girling Lighting: Lee Curran Composer/Sound: Richard Hammarton Reviewer: Ron Simpson There’s this Irishman goes into a pub. He can’t find the barman and the draught Guinness is off, so he opens a bottle and goes to put the money in the till, then the barman enters....and, as the evening goes on, two ...

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Hedda Gabler – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Tesman and Loevborg with Hedda

Writer: Henrik Ibsen adapted by Brian Friel Director: Gareth Machin Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage   Gareth Machin has a sure-fire hit on his hands with Salisbury Playhouse’s fabulous production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. From the Nordic inspired set of the Tesman home with its floating lace curtains and translucent walls that give a hint of mystery, to the atmospheric lighting reflecting ...

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INTERVIEW: Will Bourdillon on 10th Anniversary of The Miniaturists

Writing a play is challenging enough, writing a fully formed drama that runs at less than twenty minutes seems impossible. For the last ten years, however, The Miniaturists have been staging regular showcases of the best in short-form plays. As the event gears up for its 10th Birthday party at London’s Arcola Theatre, Co-curator Will Bourdillon spoke to Glen Pearce ...

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DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL: Dancing at Lughnasa – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Annabelle Comyn Reviewer: David Keane First preformed at the Abbey Theatre in 1990, Brain Friel’s Dancing At Lughnasa makes a timely return to Dublin to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The multi-award winning play comes to the Gaiety Theatre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival in conjunction with the inaugural Lughnasa International Friel Festival. A semi-autobiographical memory ...

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Living Quarters – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes In this new production of Living Quarters, Andrew Hilton dusts off the play he first directed back in 1991 to reimagine a much-overlooked piece by one of our most significant living writers. Yet, being revived as an echo from the past feels particularly appropriate for Brian Friel’s 1977 work, dwelling as ...

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Dancing at Lughnasa – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Director: Annabelle Comyn Writer: Brian Friel Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey In Dancing at Lughnasa Michael Evans (Charlie Bonner) reflects back on his childhood, sharing with the events of one summer in 1936. Born out of wedlock, he is raised by his mother and her four sisters in Donegal. The play explores the upheavals in the lives of the Mundy sisters as ...

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Aristocrats – The Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Brian Friel Director: Patrick Mason Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Directed by Patrick Mason, Brian Friel’s Aristocrats comes to the Abbey Theatre, bringing with it a rarely seen representation of life in Ireland’s rural Roman Catholic ‘Big House’. Far from functional, the O’Donnell family reunite in Ballybeg to celebrate their youngest sister, Claire’s (Jane McGrath) wedding. Arriving back in O’Donnell Hall ...

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