About Friel. The Playwright and the Work - download pdf or read online

By Tony Coult

ISBN-10: 0571282660

ISBN-13: 9780571282661

This sequence includes what no different learn courses can supply - wide first-hand interviews with the playwrights and their closest collaborators on all in their significant paintings, prepare via most sensible lecturers particularly for the fashionable scholar industry. in addition to worthy synopses, biographical essays and chronologies, those courses permit the scholar a lot in the direction of the playwright than ever sooner than! In approximately Friel, instructor and playwright Tony Coult has chosen an intensive and stimulating diversity of records and interview fabric that explores Friel's lifestyles, paintings and the reports of his collaborators and fellow artists who positioned that paintings on degree, together with Patrick Mason, Connall Morrison, Joe Dowling and actors Catherine Byrne and Mark Lambert. so one can learn only one e-book on Brian Friel and the vast strength of his paintings, this is often it.

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His ruthless political logic found its bloodiest symbol in the siege and massacre at Drogheda: ‘I believe we put to the sword the whole number of the defendants. 3,000]. I do not think Thirty of the whole number escaped with their lives. Those that did, are in safe custody for the Barbadoes’ (Cromwell’s letter to the President of the Council of State, Dublin, 16 September 1649). The Restoration of the Catholic King Charles II in England seemed to relieve the pressure on Irish Catholics for a short while, but in turn increased the anxiety of the Protestant plantation Irish, who feared that it would be their turn to lose favour with England.

Later, he assessed its effect on him more reflectively: ‘… those months in America gave me a sense of liberation – remember, this was my first parole from inbred claustrophobic Ireland – and that sense of liberation conferred on me a valuable self-confidence and a necessary perspective …’ Friel’s contemporaries in England – playwrights such as John Arden, Edward Bond and Ann Jellicoe – experienced a similar education in practical theatre in the Royal Court’s Writers’ Group, though their experience was more ‘hands-on’ than Friel’s.

Even when he deals with other aspects of his own experience, he finds himself dealing, at some level, with Irish identity. In Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Dancing at Lughnasa he questions the nature of memory and exile, and in particular the way that language hugely influences personality and culture. Inevitably, he finds himself returning to the web of connections between language, national identity and personal identity. For a writer, concern with language is also concern with his or her own medium, and each encounter with it brings him/her face to face with his/her own identity as an Irishman/woman.

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