Summer School dedicated to Brian Friel

Irish dramatist Brian Friel is to be celebrated at a four-day summer school in Co. Donegal this summer.

Irish dramatist Brian Friel is to be celebrated at a four-day summer school in Co. Donegal this summer.

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A four-day summer school dedicated to dramatist Brian Friel will take place in Co. Donegal this summer.

The special event is being hosted by Queen’s University, Belfast, and will take place at the Redcastle Hotel on August 24–27.

Over the four days, the School of Creative Arts at Queen’s, in association with the Lughnasa International Friel Festival, will celebrate the work of the playwright through drama workshops, seminars, the annual Brian Friel Lecture as well as a bus-trip around Friel’s fictional town of ‘Ballybeg’.

A special event will focus on one of Friel’s most popular works, ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’, with a lecture-demonstration and workshop by David Bolger, Artistic Director of CoisCeim Dance Theatre, and the choreographer for both the original stage and film versions of the play.

Keynote lectures will also be given by Professor Patrick Lonergan (NUI Galway) and Dr Mark Phelan (Queen’s University).

Workshops will also take place with themes including ‘The Monologue Plays’, with Dr Mark Phelan, ‘Performing Friel’s Women’, with Dr Brenda Winter-Palmer (a founder member of Charabanc Theatre Company and Replay Productions) and ‘The Stagecraft of Brian Friel’, with David Grant (former Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Director of Education at Queen’s School of Creative Arts).

Brian Friel (86) was born outside Omagh but was reared and educated in Derry.