Faith Healer has ratings and 29 reviews. Declan said: When I recently read Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart – a novel which consists of a sequence of. “The writing is beautiful, supple, rhythmical, charged with the slow, sure throb of despair and enchantment Brian Friel is the most profound and poetic of. Brian Friel’s Faith Healer (written in ,1 and premiered on 5 April. ) has earned a great deal of public acclaim and scholarly attention, and rightly sits as.
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Faith Healer | Samuel French
Preview — Faith Healer by Brian Friel. Faith Healer by Brian Friel. 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.
Paperback58 pages. Published by Faber and Faber first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Faith Healerplease sign up. See 1 question about Faith Healer…. Lists with This Book. Feb 15, Declan rated it it was amazing Shelves: When I recently read Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart – a novel which consists of a sequence of monologues – I was disappointed because of the monotone which was maintained across almost all of the voices, male and female; young and old.
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. Here each voice is as distinctive as it is compelling and with much of the detail impli When I recently read Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart – a novel which consists of a sequence of monologues – I was disappointed because of the monotone which was maintained across almost all of the voices, male and female; young and old.
Here each voice is as distinctive as it is compelling and with much of the detail implied or advanced by inference. Precise attention is paid to the cadence and rhythm of language, beginning with Franks prayer-like recital of Welsh towns he has visited to ‘perform’ his faith healing; the complicated knot of belief – there and not there -that surpasses all understanding and that one night heals ten people. From Frank we are passed on to Grace each name carefully chosen.
Grace, who has endured a great deal through what was once, for her, the peculiar faith that is a part of love, only to find that faith become a wound that was beyond anybody’s healing power. The next perspective is that of Teddy, Frank’s agent who leads us, ever closer, through the same scenes of stark misery; his own and that of his two travelling companions.
To finish we return to Frank who must now face his nemesis. Because it is a play ‘Faith Healer’ is rarely mentioned as one of the great examples of Irish writing. It is as readable as any novel, and better than most. Oct 03, Lindsay rated it it was amazing.
When people ask me, “What is your favorite book? 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 fatih lost that feeling.
Maybe it’s because Yealer see a little of myself in each character, maybe it’s because I enjoy pondering how memory works and how so much o When people ask me, “What is your favorite book? Maybe it’s because I see a little of myself in each character, maybe it’s because I enjoy pondering how memory works and how so much of who we are and how we relate to the world depends faiht how we remember and comprehend what we experience, and this play seems to mimic on a smaller scale that experience of memory and how memory creates reality.
The characters’ bran stories allow the audience to piece together their own version of what happened and therefore create their own story. Belief in our imaginings whether we perceive them as real or fantastical involves trust and faith, which can both enlighten and disillusion us. Oct 28, Anastasia rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love this play.
I could read it over and over. I performed this play in NYC. The play is divided into parts where each charcter tells their side of the story. Grace is The Faith Healer’s woman. She has such a heartwrenching part and the beauty of the language almost plays the part for you. There is a baby. There is the faith healer. There is Grace and there is the manager.
The manager reminds me of the Old Man in Fool for Love, but the manager has a much bigger part I love this play. The manager reminds me of the Old Man in Fool for Love, but the manager has a much bigger part.
He tells the truth. I don’t want to give the plot away. It unravels so delictely, so ferociously.
It is fragile and abusive. One of my absolute favorite plays ever. Nov 28, Ronald rated it it was amazing.
You want to read a play that offers itself like a novella and still retains its dramatic tautness, this is the one. Brian Friel is one of the great Irish playwrights. This piece is written in four monologues for three characters. I’ve had the pleasure of doing the play, and it remains one of the quintessential actor’s challenges — to hold the audience all by yourself. I revel in this storytelling. Jul 09, Danny Daley rated it really liked frifl. Every time I read one of Friel’s plays, I insist that he may be the most exciting discovery of my deeper foray into Irish literature.
His settings and characters are so real. The structure of this particular play is odd, as there isn’t really much in the way of activity. On the stage, the play features little more than three people standing on stage and telling their own versions of the central story. It’s become a healdr trope – the various versions of the story do not match, and the audience Every time I read one of Friel’s plays, I insist that he may be the most exciting discovery of my deeper foray into Irish literature.
It’s become a classic trope – the various versions of the story do not match, and the audience must make decisions on which versions to believe. But the trope is given a fresh treatment as each version of events ends with a different tragedy – their perspectives on the same events are not actually perceived by the characters to place these events in the same framework or with the same importance.
Each story is both familiar and unique, like deja vu with a different purpose and interpretation. The end rests hard with the reader, and thanks to the short length, the book is eminently re-readable.
Apr 07, Tracie Stokka rated it it was amazing. 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 tickets were unclaimed. I was familiar with some of Friel’s other works and expected good things. However, this play blew me away. It was the most meaningful audience experience that I’ve ever had.
Sep bealer, manque rated it really liked it Shelves: Judy Davis was the director, who I admire, heaoer this was the reason I saw the play.
I knew nothing of the story beforehand, other than a vague blurb. Quite a long runtime of minutes. The stage setting was bare, a weathered banner strung across the stage proclaiming ‘The fantastic Francis Hardy, faith healer, for one night only’, silvery clouds were printed behind, onto which light was projected, changi Last evening I saw the South Australian State Theatre Company’s production of Faith Healer.
The stage setting was bare, a weathered banner strung across the stage proclaiming ‘The fantastic Francis Hardy, faith healer, for one night only’, silvery clouds were printed behind, onto which light was projected, changing dusk to dawn.
The stage was only very small, which made the performance intimate, and few props were used, a single chair, a table, bottles of beer or spirit. It presented four monologues from three characters, who each referred to one another describing particular events. The viewer constructs their own story in a way, filling in gaps of what was not spoken and by choosing who to believe. What is most memorable is the retreading of one night in particular.
After each character had recounted this night, I thought it a strange thing to have vicariously experienced an event in such an enriched way, more enriched than my own memories and recall of events.
I found the ending obscure, and also am unsure what Frank’s faith healing is an allegory for. These are some monster monologues. I like the juxtaposition of the different voices and the playing of the meaning of Faith Healer. It’s definitely one of the better Friel’s plays. There is so much there without it all being spelt out, which I like.
I also like the closing of the eyes and remembering of the places. Sep 12, Ali Schultz rated it it was ok Shelves: Two stars because Frank’s monologues are practically poetry. Only two stars because I don’t think healsr as deep as it’s wants to be, but I also think it’s one of those plays hsaler really does just have to be seen.
Feb 20, Maeve Scannell rated it liked it. Well written but personally don’t think it’s Brian Friel’s best work.
Apr 08, Alison Meisch rated it it was ok. May 14, Beth rated it it was amazing.