Moville will be getting a little taste of Russia this week as the 3rd Lughnasa FrielFest comes to town for four rehearsed readings of The Yalta Game by Brian Friel from 10 -12 August.
Written by Friel just a few miles from Moville, The Yalta Game is based on a theme from a short story by Russian writer Anton Chekhov, who was a great influence on the Irish playwright.
The play tells the story of an accountant who goes on holiday on his own to a seaside resort and has a brief affair with a young woman. When they return home, they become obsessed and vow to meet again.
Husband and wife acting team Stanley Townsend and Orla Charlton are looking forward to bringing The Yalta Game back to its Moville birthplace.
Orla explains “Donegal was hugely important to Brian Friel and we’re honoured to be taking part in the Lughnasa FrielFest this year. Bringing The Yalta Game to Moville is the perfect setting, as both Yalta and Moville are seaside resorts, and both are very significant in Friel’s work.”
The reading is directed by Declan Hughes playwright and novelist who is reunited with Stanley as both were founder members of Rough Magic and worked on many standout productions together.
Friel was a great admirer of Russian culture and the 3rd Lughnasa FrielFest acknowledges this with presentations of three other plays connected to Anton Chekhov. Friel’s translation of Three Sisters (18-19 August, Foyle Arts Centre, Derry) will bring together fourteen actors (including Jamie Lee O’Donnell, Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Terry Keeley from Channel 4’s Derry Girls) for a rehearsed reading of this world of deception, disaster and self-sacrifice, directed by Paula McFetridge from Kabosh Theatre Company.
Derry Girls and Game of Thrones star Ian McElhinney also features in a rehearsed reading of Friel’s Living Quarters (10-11 August, An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny, Strule Arts Centre Omagh and The Playhouse, Derry), Friel’s first Chekhovian play, directed by former Associate Director of the National Theatre, Mick Gordon.
The play is a family drama about an Irish commandant who returns home to Donegal a hero after a successful UN mission in the Middle East and the scene will be set for the performance by musicians from Turkey and Iran, the Coskun Karademir Quartet.
Finally, Afterplay (17 – 19 August, Sandwich Company and Warehouse Cafe, Derry) revisits the lives of two characters from Chekhov plays, Andrey Prozorov and Sonya Serebriakova, who had a fictional existence twenty years previously and features Donna Dent and Richard Henders.
The rehearsed reading of The Yalta Game by Brian Friel will take place at St. Eugene’s Hall in Moville from Friday 10 – Sunday 12 August. Tickets are €8 and can be booked online now at www.artsoverborders.comTags: