The Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Print Room London Production are delighted to be bringing Brian Friel’s production of Molly Sweeney to the Alley Theatre on Friday 14th March.
Blind since infancy, Molly Sweeney is persuaded to have an operation to restore her sight. Her husband Frank is convinced she has nothing to lose; her ophthalmologist Mr Rice is not so sure. The play charts their expectations and fantasies of how the operation will change everything, not just for Molly, but for all three of them.
Brian Friel’s rarely performed poetic tale weaves together all three characters’ perspectives. Through a journey of memory, hope and despair, the play begs us to not only see, but also understand other people’s points of view.
This is one of Brian Friel most famous plays, His other well-known plays includes Philadelphia, Here I Come! (1964), , Aristocrats (1979 - Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and the New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play), Translations (1980) and Dancing at Lughnasa to name but a few. Molly Sweeney is part of a double bill by the Lyric as they are currently running Philadelphia Here I Come in Belfast.
Molly Sweeney features an all-star cast including Tyrone actress Dorothy Duffy, Donegal’s Frankie McCafferty and Ruairi Conaghan and is directed by Abigail Graham
The Guardian gave this production five stars describing it as “Abigail Graham’s incisive production ... I was grateful for a production that enabled me to see Friel’s fascinating play through fresh eyes.”