Dancing at Lughnasa

A Play

Brian Friel

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It is 1936 and harvest time in County Donegal. In a house just outside the village of Ballybeg live the five Mundy sisters, barely making ends meet, their ages ranging from twenty-six up to forty. The two male members of the household are brother Jack, a missionary priest, repatriated from Africa by his superiors after twenty-five years, and the seven-year-old child of the youngest sister. In depicting two days in the life of this menage, Brian Friel evokes not simply the interior landscape of a group of human beings trapped in their domestic situation, but the wider landscape, interior and exterior, Christian and pagan, of which they are nonetheless a part.

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"There is no doubting we are in the thrall of as masterly a dramatist as the theatre possesses." --The Times

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Brian Friel

Brian Friel was born in Omagh, County Tyrone (Northern Ireland) in 1929. He received his college education in Derry, Maynooth and Belfast and taught at various schools in and around Derry from 1950 to 1960. He is the author of many plays that have taken their place in the canon of Irish Literature, including Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1964), Lovers (1967), Translations (1980), The Communication Cord (1982), and Dancing at Lughnasa (1990). In 1980 he founded the touring theatre company, Field Day, with Stephen Rea.

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Dancing at Lughnasa
A Play
Brian Friel

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
December 1998
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780571144792
ISBN10: 0571144799
5 x 7 3/4 inches, 80 pages
$13.00
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