The three act play has been performed all around the world and studied widely as part of UK schools' National Curriculum. Now, director Ian Rickson leads a major revival for the National's Olivier Theatre.
Set in 19th century agricultural Ireland, Translations is a lyrical exploration of language and nationhood. Drawing on George Steiner's study of the strange, inexact nature of translating, the play was inspired by Friel's discovery that his grandfather taught classics to peasant farmers.
We follow Owen, who returns home from Dublin to a tiny village of Baile Beag. He is accompanied by two officers from the British army, who plan to create a map of the rural Donegal area, replacing the Gallic place names with their English equivalents. This simple act of translation sends shockwaves through the local community, encapsulating the troubled relationship between Ireland and England.
TV star Colin Morgan (Humans, Channel 4; Merlin, BBC) leads the cast as Owen alongside Ciarán Hinds who will be fresh from five-star reviews in Girl From the North Country (Old Vic and West End). The full cast comprises of plenty of Irish actors, including Dermot Crowley, Aoife Duffin, Seamus O’Hara and Judith Roddy.
|What||Translations, National Theatre|
|Where||National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
22 May 18 – 07 Jul 18, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Price||£15 - £50|
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|