Friel&s Translations Are about to Get Even Better

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Friel&s Translations Are about to Get Even Better


BBC RADIO Ulster&s Arts Extra will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Brian Friel&s play Translations in a special edition of the programme tonight.

It looks at the legacy of the iconic Friel classic and discusses the production&s impact in a series of interviews. These include one with Belfast actor Stephen Rea, who was partly responsible for Field Day Theatre Company&s premiere of the play.

Poet and Nobel Laureate for Literature Seamus Heaney and theatre critic and writer Fintan O&Toole also discuss Translations.

Stephen Rea sees the classic as having had a major impact in Irish theatre I think it&s the greatest Irish play since The Playboy of the Western World. It was a landmark in my life, a big landmark.$

Arts Extra presenter Marie-Louise Muir also assesses the local legacy of the Donegal-based play.

Brian Friel&s Translations made a huge impact in local theatre when it was first staged a quarter of a century ago and people all over the world have now enjoyed it.

It currently stands as a classic in modern Irish theatre.$

Translations was premiered in Londonderry&s Guildhall on September 23, 1980. Produced by the Field Day Theatre Company, which was founded by playwright Brian Friel and actor Stephen Rea, there was huge excitement surrounding the play before it even reached the stage. …

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