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  • Translationsby Brian Friel

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 14.57

    The action takes place in late August 1833 at a hedge-school in the townland of Baile Beag, an Irish-speaking community in County Donegal. In a nearby field camps a recently arrived detachment of the Royal Engineers, making the first Ordnance Survey. For the purposes of cartography, the local Gaelic place names have to be recorded and rendered... more...

  • Dancing at Lughnasaby Brian Friel

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 14.57

    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 25 years, and the seven-year-old... more...

  • Brian Friel: Plays 3by Brian Friel

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 27.68

    This third collection by Brian Friel contains two original works: Performances , which considers the relationship between the private life and public work of the composer Leos Janácek; and The Home Place, set in Ballybeg, Donegal, at the dawn of Home Rule. There are three masterful plays based on stories by Chekhov; and Friel's exquisite versions... more...

  • Philadelphia, Here I Comeby Brian Friel

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 13.11

    Fed up with the dreary round of life in Ballybeg, with his uncommunicative father and the humiliating job in his father's grocery shop, with his frustrated love for Kathy Doogan who married a richer, more successful young man and with the total absence of prospect and opportunity in his life at home, Gareth O'Donnell has accepted his aunt's invitation... more...

  • Making Historyby Brian Friel

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 14.57

    The central character of this play is Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, who led an Irish and Spanish alliance against the armies of Elizabeth I in an attempt to drive the English out of Ireland. The action takes place before and after the Battle of Kinsale, at which the alliance was defeated: with O'Neill at home in Dungannon, as a fugitive in the mountains,... more...

  • Brian Friel Plays 1by Brian Friel

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 24.78

    With the production of Philadelphia, Here I Come! in 1964, Brian Friel established his claim to be the true heir of such distinguished predecessors as Yeats, Synge, O'Casey and Beckett. Since then his work has consistently demonstrated that his strength is an equal awareness of the conditions of individual lives and the historical and political... more...

  • Brian Friel Plays 2by Brian Friel

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 24.78

    This second collection of Brian Friel's plays includes some of his most acclaimed work for the stage. The plays included are Dancing at Lughnasa , Fathers and Sons , Making History , Wonderful Tennessee and Molly Sweeney . The collection is introduced by Christopher Murray. more...

  • The Home Placeby Brian Friel

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 14.57

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

  • Performancesby Brian Friel

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 13.11

    This enthralling play considers the relationship between the private life and public work of the composer Leos Janácek, the passion he felt for a married woman nearly forty years his junior, and his final surge of creative energy. Performances premiered at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, in 2003. more...

  • Faith Healerby Brian Friel

    Faber & Faber 2013; US$ 14.57

    One of the masterpieces of Ireland's greatest living playwright, Faith Healer weaves together the stories of a travelling healer, his wife and his manager. From their different versions of the healer's performances and a terrible event at the centre of the drama, Friel creates a powerful and haunting work of art. more...