A rehearsed reading of Brian Friel’s play Living Quarters, part of this year’s FrielFest presented by Arts Over Borders
LIVING QUARTERS (1977) is Lughnasa FrielFest’s signature play for 2018 and leads the Chekhov & Russian theme, being Friel’s first Chekhovian play. It’s a family drama concerning an Irish commandant who returns home to Donegal a hero after a successful UN mission in the Middle East and it explores those quintessentially Chekhovian themes of conflict and resolution in an unmistakably Irish context.
It’s set twenty miles outside Derry and the first of our rehearsed readings takes place in Letterkenny. Derry~Londonderry and Omagh, where the other two readings are happening, are referenced in the play, the characters passing through them on their way to Friel’s imaginary Ballybeg.
Music has always been a powerful element in Brian Friel’s drama and the Middle-Eastern connection in Living Quarters is celebrated with a pre-reading performance by Sufi musicians from Turkey and Iran, Coskun Karademir Quartet. Tickets to attend both concert and reading are €15.
Directed by Mick Gordon.
SIR – Tony Flynn
COMMANDANT FRANK BUTLER – Ian McElhinney
HELEN KELLY – Aislin McGuckin
MIRIAM DONNELLY – Bronagh Waugh
BEN – Michael Condron
TINA – Eimear Keating
FATHER TOM CARTY – Charlie Bonner
CHARLIE DONNELLY – David Pearse
ANNA – Charlotte McCurry
Find out more about the Friel Festival at the Arts Over Borders website.