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Theatre: Translations by Brian Friel in the Abbey Theatre, accessible performances

30 Jul 2022, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm (Past)

Abbey Theatre

‘You can learn to decode us’

It’s August 1833. The pupils have gathered in a hedge-school in the townland of Baile Beag/Ballybeg. This Irish-speaking community in Donegal, has become the unlikely focal point for a changing world.

Progress is coming. Tensions are growing. There are plans for a new English-speaking national school and a group of Royal Engineers have arrived to map the area.

Translations examines the fractious relationship between people and nations through the lens of language and (mis)communication.

Brian Friel’s modern masterpiece finds a new potency, in a time where Brexit has thrown current Anglo-Irish relations into sharp relief, redrawing old boundaries, and opening up old wounds. Abbey Theatre Artistic Director and Donegal native Caitríona McLaughlin opens a hotly anticipated new production of Translations in Belfast before a summer run on the Abbey stage.

“I think that is how the political problem of this island is going to be solved. It’s going to be solved by language in some kind of way. Not only the language of negotiations across the table. It’s going to be solved by the recognition of what language means for us on this island.” Brian Friel in conversation with Fintan O’Toole, 1982.


Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval

Tickets: €15 – €45

Audio-described and captioned performance: Saturday 30 July, 2:00pm
(Touch Tour commences at 12:30pm).

Irish Sign Language interpreted performance: Thursday 4 August, 7:30pm

If you would like to book tickets for accessible performances, please contact Box Office on 01 878 7222 or email boxoffice@abbeytheatre.ie.

While performances may appear Sold Out on the website, the Abbey has tickets on hold for access patrons.

Visit the Abbey website for more: Translations


Abbey Theatre
Audio Description
Brian Friel
Caitríona McLaughlin
Lyric Theatre Belfast
Touch tour