Brian Friel: A BBC Radio Drama Collection: Translations, Faith Healer & More

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
August 2022
7 hours 23 minutes
Dramatisations and short stories by the award-winning playwright - plus bonus programmes

Known as the 'Irish Chekhov', Brian Friel was one of the most renowned dramatists of his generation, producing over 30 plays in a career spanning six decades. Included here are some of his best-known works, as well as mesmerising radio documentaries featuring the author himself, in his own words.

Beginning with his modern classic about language and power, Translations, this collection goes on to showcase two further masterpieces: Faith Healer (voted one of the 100 most important plays of the 20th Century by the National Theatre) and the play that launched Friel to international acclaim, Philadelphia, Here I Come! With settings ranging from the 1830s to the present day, all are centred around the small fictional town of Ballybeg, and share key themes including the stories we tell ourselves, the nature of truth and the unreliability of memory. Among the stellar casts are Samuel Barnett, Mark Bazeley, Dermot Crowley, Lia Williams, Phil Daniels and Donal Donnelly.

Also featured are five short stories: 'The Skelper', 'My True Kinsman', 'The Death of a Scientific Humanist', 'The Gold in the Sea' and 'Everything Neat and Tidy', read by Adrian Dunbar.

We conclude with two talks by Brian Friel - the 'fragment of autobiography' Self Portrait and The Green Years, a lyrical account of his childhood in Derry - and the fascinating documentary Staging Ireland, telling the story of the radical Derry theatre company Field Day, founded by Friel and Stephen Rea with the aim of challenging their nation's view of itself.

Production credits
Written by Brian Friel
Text copyright © Brian Friel 1959 ('The Skelper'), 1961 ('My True Kinsman'), 1964 (Philadelphia, Here I Come!, 'The Death of a Scientific Humanist'), 1965 ('Everything Nice and Tidy'), 1966 ('The Gold in the Sea'), 1979 (Faith Healer), 1980 (Translations)
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Cast: Samuel Barnett, Mark Bazeley, John Paul Connolly, Dermot Crowley, Roisin Gallagher, David Ireland, Aoife McMahon, Gerard McSorley, Eugene O'Hare, Eileen Walsh
Adapted by Michael Duke. Directed by Kirsty Williams
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 4 September 2010

Faith Healer
Frank - Owen Roe
Grace - Lia Williams
Teddy - Phil Daniels
Directed by Peter Kavanagh. First broadcast BBC Radio 3, 12 September 2010

Philadelphia, Here I Come!
Cast: Donal Donnelly, Gertrude Russell, J G Devlin, Kate Binchy, Harold Goldblatt, Patrick Magee, Doreen Hepburn, Tommy Duggan, Ronald Wilson, Michael Stuart, Denys Hawthorne, Maurie Taylor, Patrick McAlinney
Produced by Ronald Mason. First broadcast BBC Network Three, 25 February 1965

Brian Friel Stories: The Skelper, My True Kinsman, Everything Neat and Tidy, The Gold in the Sea, The Death of a Scientific Humanist
Read by Adrian Dunbar. Produced by Heather Larmour
First broadcast BBC Radio 4 Extra, 11 March 2013, 12 March 2013, 13 March 2013, 14 March 2013, 15 March 2013

Brian Friel: Self Portrait
With Brian Friel
First broadcast BBC Radio Ulster, 1971

The Green Years
With Brian Friel
First broadcast Northern Ireland Home Service, 30 April 1964

Staging Ireland
Presented by Robbie Meredith
With Seamus Heaney, Tom Paulin, Stephen Rea and Seamus Deane
First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 5 June 2007

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