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The Home Place by Brian Friel
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The Home Place (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Brian Friel

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Brian Friel's beautifully modulated new drama continues the historical probing that culminated in Translations (1980). In that masterpiece, the effects of a military operation to map the physical contours of the Irish landscape infuse the tragedy. In this, his latest play, a scientific exercise to measure the native physique with a view to determining the Irish character inflames an already volatile social moment. the Gores, father and son, are both in love with a local woman who has worked in the Lodge since she was fourteen. All three pursue a dream of freedom from their "history and heritage and the awful burden" of the big house.… (more)
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Title:The Home Place
Authors:Brian Friel
Info:Gallery Press (2006), Paperback, 80 pages
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Brian Friel's beautifully modulated new drama continues the historical probing that culminated in Translations (1980). In that masterpiece, the effects of a military operation to map the physical contours of the Irish landscape infuse the tragedy. In this, his latest play, a scientific exercise to measure the native physique with a view to determining the Irish character inflames an already volatile social moment. the Gores, father and son, are both in love with a local woman who has worked in the Lodge since she was fourteen. All three pursue a dream of freedom from their "history and heritage and the awful burden" of the big house.

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Setting: The Lodge, Ballybeg,Co. Donegal, Summer.

The year is 1878. The widowed Christopher Gore, his son David and the woman they are both in love with, their housekeeper Margaret, live in The Lodge in Ballybeg. But in this era of unrest at the dawn of Home Rule, the seemingly serene life enjoyed at The Lodge is threatened by the arrival of Christopher’s English cousin, who unwittingly ignites deep animosity among the villagers of Ballybeg.

Date of original production: 1 February 2005, The Gate Theatre, Dublin
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