LIVING QUARTERS BY BRIAN FRIEL
LIVING QUARTERS (after Hippolytus)
By Brian Friel
A Rehearsed Reading directed by Mick Gordon
CAST: Tony Flynn, Ian McElhinney, Aislin Mcguckin, Bronagh Waugh, Michael Condron, Eimear keating, Charlie Bonner, David Pearse, Charlotte McCurry
LOCATION, DATES & TICKETS:
The Playhouse Theatre & Arts Centre
5-7 Artillery Street
Saturday 11th August, 8pm
JOINT TICKET: Coskun Karademir Quartet and Living Quarters €15 /£15
LIVING QUARTERS (1977) is Lughnasa FrielFest’s signature play for 2018 and leads the Chekhov & Russian theme, being Friel’s first Chekhovian play. It’s a family drama concerning an Irish commandant who returns home to Donegal a hero after a successful UN mission in the Middle East and it explores those quintessentially Chekhovian themes of conflict and resolution in an unmistakably Irish context. It’s set twenty miles outside Derry and the first of our rehearsed readings takes place in Letterkenny. Derry~Londonderry and Omagh, where the other two readings are happening, are referenced in the play, the characters passing through them on their way to Friel’s imaginary Ballybeg.
Music has always been a powerful element in Brian Friel’s drama and the Middle-Eastern connection in Living Quarters is celebrated with a prereading performance by Sufi musicians from Turkey and Iran, Coskun Karademir Quartet.