Translations by Brian Friel at the National Theatre, London, from 22nd May 2018
‘This is Brian Friel’s finest and most universal play.’ — Sunday Times
What happens when a land is robbed of its language? Owen, the prodigal son, returns to rural Donegal from Dublin. With him are two British army officers. Their ambition is to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences.
Brian Friel’s modern classic is a powerful account of nationhood, which sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community.
Colin Morgan (Humans, Merlin) plays Owen and Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones, Girl from the North Country) plays his father. Ian Rickson directs.
The script of Translations is available in Volume Two of Brian Friel’s Collected Plays.