april, 2016

29apr11:30 amTranslationsA joint production by Barnstorm Theatre and Watergate Theatre


(Friday) 11:30 am


Watergate Theatre (Main Stage)

Parliament Street, Kilkenny

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In marking its 25th year of making theatre in Kilkenny, Barnstorm is partnering with the Watergate Theatre to present Brian Friel’s Translations.

Translations is set in the fictional townland of Ballybeg/ Baile Beag in County Donegal, in August 1833, at a hedge-school. An Irish-speaking agricultural community adjusts to the arrival of a detachment of British Army Royal Engineers.

At first sight, the Royal Engineers’ task is simply administrative; they are carrying out the first Ordnance Survey in Ireland. Yet it holds a greater significance because, for the purposes of cartography, the local Irish place-names being recorded must be “standardised” into English. So Druim Dubh, which means “black shoulder” in Irish, becomes Dromduff in English. Initially , the community views the soldiers as harmless, friendly even but events take a disturbing turn when one of them, Lieutenant Yolland, goes missing.

The play’s touching insights into the lives of a small group of people reflect the weight of history, the inevitability of change and the endurance of language.

This production features ten actors from the southeast — Alan Butler, Jim Carroll, Brendan Corcoran, Paul Derby, Seamus Greene, Maria Murray, Natasha Murray, Eoin Nangle-Ryan, Muireann Ryan, John Whitely.

Guaranteed to be an entertaining night of theatre!

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