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Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks: Faith Healer, Brian Friel

Faith Healer, by Brian Friel, 1979

‘Brian Friel wrote three superb plays in an astonishing two-year burst of activity. Faith Healer was the least well received but has become perhaps the most influential’.

The play is written in four monologues and centres around Frank Hardy, a travelling showman and occasional healer, his wife Grace, and his manager Teddy. Faith Healer first appeared at the Longacre Theatre, New York, in 1979 and was revived at the Almeida Theatre, London, in 2001.

Read the full article, written by Fintan O’Toole in The Irish Times.

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Photograph: Fergus Bourke, courtesy of the Abbey Theatre