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Brian Friel


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Brian Friel (born 9 January 1929) is an Irish dramatist, author and director of the Field Day Theatre Company. He is considered to be one of the greatest living English-language dramatists, hailed by the English-speaking world as an "Irish Chekhov" and "the universally accented voice of Ireland". Friel is best known for plays such as Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Dancing at Lughnasa but has ... more »

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  • People with a culture of poverty suffer much less from repression than we of the middle class suffer and indeed, if I may make the suggestion with due qualification, they often have a hell of a lot mo...
    Brian Friel (b. 1929), Irish playwright, author. Dodds, in The Freedom of the City, act 1.
  • ''It is not the literal past, the "facts" of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.''
    Brian Friel (b. 1929), Irish playwright, author. Hugh, in Translations, act 3.
  • The Troubles are a pigmentation in our lives here, a constant irritation that detracts from real life. But life has to do with something else as well, and it's the other things which are the more perm...
    Brian Friel (b. 1929), Irish playwright, author. Vanity Fair (New York, Oct. 1991).
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