Featured photo- Colin Friels as Frank Hardy. Pic by Brett Boardman.
This is a serious and challenging play. It runs for nearly two hours without interval and consists of four monologues that go roughly for half an hour each. This demands an enormous of concentration on part of the actor and a great degree of acuity of focus on the part of the audience member. If you haven’t had a good night’s sleep, or enter the theatre with a mind full of distractions, or even not attend to your physical needs you will not fully appreciate this play.
The play tells the story of a Faith Healer named Frank Hardy (Colin Friels) purveying a snake oil act of laying on healing hands trailed by his dysfunctional ‘family’; Grace – his long suffering wife/mistress (Alison Whyte) and his manager, the ever optimistic Ted (Pip Miller).
Irish playwright Brian Friel (1929-2015) wrote this play during the troubles in 1979 when families were in tremendous stress. This family is under the stress of a barely subsistence, nomadic lifestyle, playing in decrepit halls and dingy churches in the poor backlots of Scotland, England and Wales and finally back to Ireland where Frank was born. Continue reading BRIAN FRIEL’S ‘FAITH HEALER’ UPSTAIRS @ BELVOIR STREET