Translations, The Olivier Theatre

Ian Rickson directs Brian Friel's Translations, a powerful account of language and nationhood. Set in rural Donegal, the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland plays out in one quiet community. Cast includes Colin Morgan with designs by Rae Smith, lighting by Neil Austin and music by Stephen Warbeck.

From May 2018. 

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Brian Friel
Ian Rickson
Songs by:
Stephen Warbeck
Neil Austin
Rae Smith
Cast list:
Colin Morgan

Olivier Theatre, National

South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Over the last few decades, as we become more globalised, the number of Irish Gaelic speakers is reducing dramatically. Brian Friel’s play which was written in 1980 but is set 150 years prior to that, which examines the state of the language and the importance of preserving it yet moving on, is revived in the Olivier with Colin Morgan making his National Theatre debut, and it remains a timely... Read more

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Colin Morgan
Colin Morgan and cast of Translations in rehearsals at the National Theatre
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Images have been released showing Colin Morgan and the cast of Translations in rehearsals ahead of previews of the play beginning in the Olivier at the National Theatre later this month. Brian Friel’s play is about Owen who returns to the rural Irish town of Donegal from Dublin, with two British army officers in tow. The officers aim to create map of the area, and replace the traditional Gaelic names with English ones.

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