Translations by Brian Friel

Nigel Fairs performs in Brian Friel’s Translations at the National Theatre until 11 August.

‘This is Brian Friel’s finest and most universal play.’
Sunday Times

Owen, the prodigal son, returns to rural Donegal from Dublin. With him are two British army officers. Their ambition is to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic names with English. It is an administrative act with radical consequences.

Brian Friel’s modern classic is a powerful account of nationhood, which sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community.

What happens when a land is robbed of its language?

Colin Morgan (HumansMerlin) plays Owen and Ciarán Hinds (Game of ThronesGirl from the North Country) plays his father. Ian Rickson directs.