Tuesday December 1, 2020

Theatre: Power of language still evident in Friel play

Translations by Brian Friel. Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Rating: 4/5. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

30th March, 2013
Jade Yourell and Niall Cusack in Translations.


Brian Friel's Translations is both one of the greatest Irish dramas ever written and one of the most misunderstood. Often regarded as an anti-colonial polemic, it actually depicts the relationship between Ireland and England in much more subtle and ambiguous terms.

This production by Derry's Millennium Forum may not be the most radical you will ever see, but it still possesses enough solid virtues to show that the play remains a masterpiece in anybody's language.

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