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THE GENTLE ISLAND BY BRIAN FRIEL
Description: Brian Friel’s visionary play The Gentle Island is about the encounter between two city visitors, Peter and Shane, and the last remaining family on Innishkeen. Like his namesake from the classic western, Shane, an engineer, seems at first to be a benign presence, helping Manus (the self-declared king of the island) and his family with much needed repairs. But when Peter and Shane are suspected of being lovers their welcome wanes. Neither nostalgic nor romantic, The Gentle Island serves as a metaphor for the continuing tension in Irish life between progress and tradition. Unlike Innishkeen, Arranmore, with its breathtaking views of Mount Errigal and the Derryveagh Mountains, bustles with resilient life; but the sight of abandoned dwellings on smaller islands during the short ferry crossing is a stark reminder of the social changes that inspired Friel’s play, providing a resonant connection between play and place.
Not recommended for under 12’s.
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre, Queen's University Belfast
Booking info: £6/£8