Friel's work expressed northern sense of exile

Renowned Irish playwright Brian Friel passed away last Friday at the age of 86
An actor friend caught the essence of the public Brian Friel. A shy man and a showman, said Stephen Rea, remembering him in the Guildhall taking the applause led by ‘warm and generous’ unionist mayor Marlene Jefferson for the first performance of Translations. So, shy, and also as Friel himself described it, obsessed by ‘the political thing’. Much of the weekend’s warm obituarising in northern media, though, if you knew no better could have left you thinking that he had only the vaguest political identity. Brian Friel wrote great plays, the obits agreed, and[...]

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