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Cultures clash at Leamington's Loft Theatre

Leamington Editorial 14th Feb, 2024   0

CULTURES clash in Translations at Leamington’s Loft Theatre.

In Brian Friel’s play one small community acts as a microcosm of the Anglo-Irish culture clash.

Owen, the prodigal son, returns from Dublin back to rural Donegal and his Irish-speaking community. He brings with him two British army officers, who intend to create a map of the area, replacing the Gaelic place names with English.

A hedge-school, where classes are conducted in Irish, is also to be replaced by a national education system in which English is the official language. It is an administrative act with radical consequences.

Set in 1833 in the fictional village of Baile Beag/Ballybeg, the play is powerful account of nationhood, which sees the turbulent relationship between England and Ireland play out in one quiet community.

The production, directed by Tom O’Connor, runs from Wednesday (February 21) to March 2.

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