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Author: Brian Friel
ISBN13: 978-0571114733
Title: Faith Healer
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Publisher: Faber & Faber (July 1, 1980)

Faith Healer by Brian Friel

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What a contrast to Brian Friel's 'Faith Healer', in which four monologues are delivered by three characters (Frank Hardy, the faith healer speaks at the beginning and the end). I first read this play before I saw the 2006 performance of it at the Booth Theater in NYC. There is something about this play that struck me at the time I read it, and having re-read it several times and writing my MA thesis on it, I still haven't lost that feeling.

Of Faith Healer, he adds: "I'm trying to persuade one of my daughters who's just done Philadelphia, Here I Come! for A-level to come and watch it, but she may not be able to. "It's a remarkable, strange departure for Friel in a way. Obviously, it feels connected to his other work, but it also feels so mysterious. I'm looking forward to exploring the play in this context. Indeed, the 'promenade' nature of Faith Healer means that Jones, Kinnear and Donnelly will not actually get to perform together – the trio will perform their parts.

Faith Healer play is the career defining masterpiece of the incomparable Irish great Brian Friel. Directed by Judy Davis and starring Colin Friels. A belvoir production presented by state theatre company. Wrestling with faith, memory and truth, Faith Healer is a story of the ties that bind us together, sometimes to our detriment.

When Friel was writing Faith Healer it was this astonishing period in 1979/80 when he was working on Aristocrats, he was writing Translations which is considered his masterpiece and he was writing Faith Healer. when he was writing Faith Healer.

For the Scottish singer-songwriter, see Brian Joseph Friel. Recognised for early works such as Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Faith Healer, Friel had 24 plays published in a career of more than a half-century. He was elected to the honorary position of Saoi of Aosdána. Heaney and Friel first became friends after Friel sent the young poet a letter following publication of his book Death of a Naturalist. Friel was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the British Royal Society of Literature and the Irish Academy of Letters. He was appointed to Seanad Éireann in 1987 and served until 1989.

Lauded for his rhythmical and supple writing, charged with despair and enchantment, Brian Friel's play Faith Healer was first produced at the Longacre Theatre, New York, in 1979 and revived by the Almeida Theatre, London, in 2001.
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Like Friel’s equally brilliant Molly Sweeney (1994), Faith Healer (1979) is presented as a series of separated monologues. And again as in Molly Sweeney, there are three characters, two men and a woman, whose lives are intertwined in a deep love that somehow works only to destroy them because their individual stories –the life narratives they’ve fashioned, each for one’s self-- don’t so much connect the three as tear them down. It’s very, very Irish, at least as much as I know Irish drama, both in the rich expressiveness of the language –oh, what a treasure it is in this beautiful play!— and in the way the characters are bound and ultimately undone by the stories they have fashioned themselves to continue pushing forward in their hard, not notably loving world.

The faith healer is Frank Hardy, a man blessed but also cursed by the gift of healing with touch and words. The problem is that his gift isn’t a permanent thing: it’s an on-again/off-again maybe/maybe-not business, which leaves him most of the time left with faking it, knowing he’s doomed to failure. Blindness, the inability to walk, a crooked finger –at the right time, he heals all manner of ailments and disfigurements, but most of the time he knows in his soul what he really is, which is un-gifted, a charlatan, a failure at the one thing that could distinguish him. Souza is a fluent and charismatic actor, who is able to reel out thirty-minutes monologues in continuous Irish brogue without ever sounding like he’s acting. When he’s on stage, you don’t move your eyes off him, he’s that good.

His partners on stage are his wife Grace and Teddy, his cockney-ish manager. They don’t appear on the stage together. Rather, the play is structured as four solo performances: Frank, then Grace, intermission, then Teddy and then Frank again. The characters talk directly to the audience, telling it of their shared experience, not always remembered the same way, as a touring company of one performer, the Fantastic Faith Healer Francis Hardy, making its way across the back counties and shires of Wales, Scotland, and Ireland selling his dubious and tatty wares to small (sometimes dismally small) audiences of the hopeful and doubting.

Grace is home now, remembering the life of possible distinction she gave up to run off with Frank –she had qualified as a barrister—and remembering too both the good times and the bad times with Frank (more bad than good) and remembering the baby she lost in a wet, drear field in Ireland while Frank fled, desperate not to be involved in as messy childbirth. It’s obvious that she still wants Frank to come back, though it’s not clear at that point in the play why he’s still not there, and she drinks, way too much, to assuage the longing. It’s hard not to feel that she’s a broken vessel.

Teddy’s role may be in some ways the hardest of the three to play. It could so easily be done as straight out comic because Teddy’s a funny character, but he’s not comedian-funny, he’s character-funny –he’s funny because of the attitudes and mannerisms with which he grew up. Teddy has reason to hate Frank but he doesn’t. Rather, he loves him. His love for Grace, whom he tries to protect, is transparent, but he’s tied to Frank too, to the sotted, selfish, doomed character that is Frank. It’s not a tale of warring characters but a love story, not in the sexual sense, but as linked characters caring for each other in their own ways even as their alliance falls apart into tragedy.
I'm fresh from seeing the revival starring Ralph Fiennes, Cherry Jones and Ian McDiarmid--and was completely blown away. Friel manages an almost Rashomon-like effect, in showing the same events from the very different memories of the three characters.