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Translations – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Brian Friel Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Alice Frances Brian Friel wrote his classic play in 1980, during the period of the troubles in Northern Ireland. Strangely, Friel denied that it was a play about politics, stating that it was about ‘language and only language’. Indeed it is a delightful dramatisation of the illegal hedge schools existing in Ireland throughout ...

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Translations – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Brian Friel Director: James Grieve Designer: Lucy Osborne Reviewer: Paul Couch It’s a brave and somewhat curious choice for English Touring Theatre. Translations, written by Brian Friel in 1980, is a story of patriotism, love, confusions and (possibly but who knows?) tragedy set in the town of Ballybeg, County Donegal, in 1833. The English Army are busy mapping and ...

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Our Boys – Duchess Theatre, London

Writer: Jonathan Lewis Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Director David Grindley’s first London job was as an ASM on the original 1993 award-winning production of Jonathan Lewis’ army hospital-based Our Boys; so there is a pleasing circularity to him being the director of the play’s first West End revival. Set in Ward 9 Bay 4 of the Queen ...

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