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Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel

Dancing at Lughnasa (1990)

by Brian Friel

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Title:Dancing at Lughnasa
Authors:Brian Friel
Collections:Theatre Programmes & Flyers, Your library
Tags:Abbey Theatre programme, 1990, Abbey Theatre, Brian Friel

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Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel (1990)



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I enjoyed it overall, but I think I liked the film better. Felt weird to read the climactic scene of the film in the first half of the play. Father Jack comes out better in this, at least. I appreciated the narrowed focus of scenery and how storytelling played a crucial role in moving along the plot. The narration threw me off, though. ( )
  SarahHayes | Feb 20, 2017 |
Rather melancholy look at the passing of a way of life through a single family. Even Father Jack can be seen as the symbol of the waning of the priests' authority with his heretical beliefs. And perhaps Gerry Evans could be a metaphor of British interest in Ireland -- he comes and flirts and dazzles some of them but in the end, he marries a nice Welsh girl leaving his bastard son in Ireland to make his way on his own. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jan 23, 2016 |
  kutheatre | Jun 4, 2015 |
A fabulous slice of life drama about five Irish sisters, a radio, a child, a kite, a man, an unorthodox priest and the music of life that binds them all as they dance through life. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 19, 2014 |
A book about four sisters who are living together in 1930s Ireland, unmarried, with one child (out of wedlock) in the house with them. The grown-up child serves as narrator, which adds a slightly less standard format to a play that is otherwise basically a linear, realistic piece. In reality, the addition of the narrator turns it into a memory piece, as the young man remembers a particular summer when there was dancing - an unusual thing in this stern religious household. The child's father provides a bit of conflict when he shows up; he is referred to repeatedly as a creature, which is a detail that catches nicely the attitude toward unwed parents in those days - almost not human. The story is well written, with strong characters and believable settings and dialogue. ( )
  quantum_flapdoodle | Aug 1, 2014 |
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It is 1936 and harvest time in County Donegal. In a house just outside the village of Ballybeg live the five Mundy sisters, barely making ends meet, their ages ranging from twenty-six up to forty. The two male members of the household are brother Jack, a missionary priest, repatriated from Africa by his superiors after twenty-five years, and the seven-year-old child of the youngest sister. In depicting two days in the life of this menage, Brian Friel evokes not simply the interior landscape of a group of human beings trapped in their domestic situation, but the wider landscape, interior and exterior, Christian and pagan, of which they are nonetheless a part.

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