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Faith Healer

Brian Friel

‘The writing is beautiful, supple, rhythmical, charged with the slow, sure throb of despair and enchantment… Brian Friel is the most profound and poetic of contemporary Irish dramatists.’ Observer

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Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571333882
Date Published
07.07.2016
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Summary

Faith healing. A craft without an apprenticeship, a ministry without responsibility, a vocation without a ministry.

Travelling the forgotten corners of the British Isles, Frank Hardy offers the promise of redemption to the sick. But his is an unreliable gift, a dangerous calling, bringing him into conflict with his wife, Grace, and his manager, Teddy.

Faith Healer premiered at the Longacre Theatre, New York, 1979.

‘The night of Faith Healer is one that still blazes in recollection for me, as religious experiences of art do. And it became a sort of touchstone for me . . . for defining the elusiveness of great art and the pain of the artist who creates it.’ Ben Brantley, New York Times

‘The writing is beautiful, supple, rhythmical, charged with the slow, sure throb of despair and enchantment . . . Brian Friel is the most profound and poetic of contemporary Irish dramatists.’ Observer

Critic Reviews

What a monumental work Brian Friel’s Faith Healer is. The late Irish playwright’s interlocking series of soliloquies from 1979 has a weight and exactitude that makes it feel like it was precision-etched in granite. It’s a rare play that reads almost as well as it performs.

Time Out
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Brian Friel (9 January 1929 – 2 October 2015) wrote thirty plays across six decades and is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest dramatists. He was a member of Aosdána, the society of Irish artists, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Irish Academy of Letters, and the Royal Society of Literature where he was made a Companion…

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