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Arts Over Borders presents - The 3rd Lughnasa FrielFest

Aug 09 2018 - Aug 19 2018
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Arts Over Borders presents the 3rd Lughnasa FrielFest.

Arts Over Borders presents the 3rd Lughnasa FrielFest.

The festival which celebrates the work of Brian Friel, one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights of the 20th century, enters its third year. FrielFest is Ireland’s first cross-border arts festival, taking place uniquely in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. It features star-studded presentations of some of Friel’s own work, discussions about him and presentations of music, poetry and theatre works which inspired him.

The festival takes place at various arts venues and thematically relevant outdoor locations in Derry~Londonderry, County Donegal (Wild Atlantic Way), Omagh, County Tyrone and the Causeway Coastal Route.

This year’s Lughnasa FrielFest explores Friel’s love of Homer, the ancient Greek poet, with two special dramatic readings of his epic poems The Odyssey and The Iliad.

The festival’s presentation of The Odyssey (9 – 19 August) will take place in a pitched tent on beaches from Magilligan in County Londonderry to Lisfannon in County Donegal. It will feature highly acclaimed stage and screen actors including Maxine Peake, Nastascha McElhone, Imogen Stubbs and Frances Barber reading from Emily Wilson’s new translation of Homer’s poem (the first in English by a woman), accompanied by Greek food, live Greek music and the crashing of the Atlantic waves.
In Derry~Londonderry (10-12 August) actor and master linguist Niall Cusack will read five episodes from The Iliad in a military-style tent on a grassy knoll outside the Walls overlooking the Bogside and on different bastions around the Walls, surrounded on the Saturday by the dramatic soundscape of the Apprentice Boys' marching bands.
The festival’s appetite for innovation continues with Friel’s Faith Healer (10–12 and 17–19 August), a daring four-act monologue masterpiece, which explores truth, lies and the mystery of inspiration. The play will be presented with no director and no rehearsals by sensational West End stage and screen actors including Tamsin Greig, Rory Kinnear, Alex Jennings and Laura Donnelly.
Friel’s translation of Three Sisters (18-19 August) will bring together fourteen actors (including Jamie Lee O'Donnell, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Terry Keeley from Channel 4’s Derry Girls) for a rehearsed reading of this world of deception, disaster and self-sacrifice, directed by Paula McFetridge from Kabosh Theatre Company.
Derry Girls and Game of Thrones® star Ian McElhinney also features in a rehearsed reading of Friel’s Living Quarters (10-11 August),