A tender and eloquent play by Brian Frial about language, history and home at the Abbey Theatre.
‘We must learn those new names … We must learn where we live. We must learn to make them our own.’
It’s late August 1833. At a hedge school in the small Irish speaking village of Baile Beag, the pupils gather for their evening class. They worry about potato blight, gossip about a new baby’s father and make fun of the Royal Engineers from England recently arrived to survey the area.
However, as goodwill and relationships with the English grow, hostility does too — with devastating consequences.
More than thirty years since it was first produced, Translations is now regarded as a modern masterpiece. Subtle and resonant, it’s a political drama, a historical tale, a funny and clever play on language and a tender love story.
Don’t miss this captivating new production of one of our most important and best loved plays.
‘A basic fluency in the workings of the human heart is all that’s necessary to absorb the beauties of Mr.Friel’s tender, sad and funny play about the difficulty of finding a home in the world, a person to share it with and a name to call it by.’
New York Times
Sign language interpreted performance: Thursday 4 August, 7.30pm
Audiodescribed and captioned performance: Saturday 6 August, 2pm
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On the Abbey stage
Thursday 23 June – Saturday 13 August
Previews Thursday 23 – Tuesday 28 June
Monday – Saturday evening 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2pm
Tickets: €13 – €40
‘Performances from the ensemble are terrific.’
‘this is a magnificent play and a magnificent production’