Faith Healer has ratings and 29 reviews. Declan said: When I recently read Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart – a novel which consists of a sequence of. “The writing is beautiful, supple, rhythmical, charged with the slow, sure throb of despair and enchantment Brian Friel is the most profound and poetic of. Brian Friel’s Faith Healer (written in ,1 and premiered on 5 April. ) has earned a great deal of public acclaim and scholarly attention, and rightly sits as.

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Faith Healer

From their different versions of the healer’s performances and a terrible event at the centre of the drama, Friel creates a powerful and haunting work of art. Mr O’Neil rated it it was amazing Jan 13, healed Precise attention is paid to the cadence and rhythm of language, beginning with Franks prayer-like recital of Welsh towns he has visited to ‘perform’ his faith healing; the complicated knot of belief – there and not there -that surpasses all understanding and that one night heals ten people.

Teddy’s monologue reveals that Grace commits suicide, while Hardy ponders whether his gift is real or not. In Faith Healerthe award winning Northern Irish playwright, Brian Friel, takes the reader inside a starving faith healer’s two-bit traveling road show.

It unravels so delictely, so ferociously. They shift and change form depending on who is telling the story, who is recounting events, and what their agenda is. The structure of this particular play is odd, as healed isn’t really much in the way of activity. There is so much there without it all being spelt out, which I like.


Read it in one sitting. After working as a teacher in Derry for ten fakth, he married Bealer Morrison and moved to Donegal to begin writing in earnest.

Faith Healer five-star review – Brian Friel’s masterpiece of stage mystery

Brian Friel is the most profound and poetic of contemporary Irish dramatists. The next perspective is that of Teddy, Frank’s agent who leads us, ever closer, through the same scenes of stark misery; his own and that of his two travelling companions.

Grace, who has endured a great deal through what was once, for her, the peculiar faith that is a part of love, only to find that faith become a wound that was beyond anybody’s healing power.

This production played at the Gate Theatre in Dublin in January Retrieved 15 October The Fantastic Francis Hardy: Would love to see it performed. Here each voice is as distinctive as it is compelling and with much of the detail impli When I recently read Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart – a novel which consists of a sequence of monologues – I was disappointed because of the monotone which was maintained across almost all of the voices, male and female; young and old.

The critic Sarah Compton remarked that it was “a version so potent that I can look back on it now in vivid, overwhelming detail”.

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I think I may own three different copies of this. Production Details Time Period: Information for Under 30s. Each character gives a monologue of their view of what happened, each with their own similarities and differences. Wed 26 Sep6: I will see a production of this in Edinburgh, so I’ve got to read it before then! Who do you trust? Well written but personally don’t think it’s Brian Friel’s best work.


Truth is constructed entirely through memory. Feb 20, Maeve Scannell rated it liked it. Explored lots about how people’s narrative can distort the truth and I really enjoyed piecing the healet together.

These are some monster monologues.

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The characters’ fragmented stories allow the audience to piece together their own version of what happened and therefore create their own story. Return to Book Page. Brian Fsith rated it really liked it Jun 22, Quite a long runtime of minutes. Jul 26, Mia rated it it was amazing.

Feb 15, Declan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Preview — Faith Healer by Brian Friel.

Faith Healer play by Brian Friel – State Theatre Company – Belvoir

healdr To view it, click here. Oct 03, Lindsay rated it it was amazing. The manager reminds me of the Old Man in Fool for Love, but the manager has a much bigger part I love this play. But his is an unreliable gift, a dangerous calling which brings him into conflict with his wife Grace and his manager Teddy. What is most memorable is the retreading of one night in particular.

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