Faith Healer

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Faber, 2001 - Healers - 58 pages
8 Reviews
One of the masterpieces of Ireland's greatest living playwright, Faith Healer weaves together the stories of a travelling healer, his wife and his manager. From their different versions of the healer's performances and a terrible event at the centre of the drama, Friel creates a powerful and haunting work of art.

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User Review  - Jackie - Goodreads

Read it in one sitting. Raw and illuminating. Would love to see it performed. A challenging role for the actors, being four lengthy monologues. Read full review

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User Review  - Tracie Stokka - Goodreads

When I was in Ireland in 2006, I saw "The Faith Healer" played by Ralph Fiennes. It was pure luck as the play had been sold out for weeks, and we happened to show up at the theatre for a matinee where ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Brian Friel was born Bernard Patrick Friel in 1929 in Northern Ireland. The future playwright attended St. Columb's College and graduated from St. Patrick's College. He spent a decade working as a teacher in Londonderry after deciding that he did not want to become a priest. Friel gained confidence as a writer when his short stories began to be published in the New Yorker magazine. He has produced several volumes of short stories, including A Saucer of Larks, The Gold in the Sea, and Give Me Your Answer, Do! But Friel is better known for writing plays. His first play, Philadelphia, Here I Come! is about an Irish immigrant who comes to America. His 1989 play Aristocrats won Best Foreign Play Award from the New York Drama Critics Circle. Dancing at Lughnasa, about a household of women in Ireland during the 1930s, won a Tony Award for best play in 1992. Other plays include Faith Healer, Molly Sweeney, and Wonderful Tennessee.

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