Fri 18 & Sat 19 November 2011 at 8pm
Brian Friel's Winners and Afterplay
An Grianán Theatre
Two of Friel's most acclaimed one act plays.
Winners - directed by John McGinley
Featuring Sarah McGoohan and Odhran O'Donnell
In Winners, a teenage couple study for their final examines on a sunny day outside. Their future seems to be all set: Mag is pregnant, they are engaged to be married, the lease for their flat is signed. The day, however, ends quite differently than expected. Fragile and poetic in style, it is a firm favourite of drama lovers the world over.
Afterplay - directed by Sean McCormack
Featuring Jean Curran and Donal Kavanagh
Afterplay is Friel's homage to the Russian playwright Chekhov. Twenty years after their previous fictional lives ended, two characters from different Chekhov plays meet by chance. In a run-down café, Andrey Prozorov, the brother of Chekhov's Three Sisters (and husband of the ghastly Natasha), wanders in to find Sonia Serebryakova, niece of Uncle Vanya. Friel fleshes out the experiences they might have had and the relationship they might pursue.
"beautifully and tenderly written and significantly adds to the Chekhov canon." British Theatre Guide