Brian Friel's 'Translations' at the Abbey Theatre
During Refugee Week, Glencree's Intercultural and Refugee Programme hosted a group of Ukrainians at the Lesya Ukrainka National Theatre’s production of 'Translations', the renowned play by Brian Friel. The play, which will be performed in Ukrainian with english subtitles, will be held in the Abbey Theatre from 20-24 June.
Twenty seven people from Ukraine's national theatre will deliver 7 performances of this Irish masterpiece. Exploring the determination of a people to persist and to ensure their culture endures in the most difficult of circumstances, this production of 'Translations' was originally staged in Kyiv in October 2022. (View RTE coverage of the staging in Kyiv >)
“Showing the performance in Ireland is a way to remind the world that we exist, that we are still alive. It is a way of expressing gratitude to the people of Ireland, who were one of the first to open their borders and provide shelter for internally displaced persons. This is an opportunity to remind those who are not at home about home. Translations is about us.” said Assistant Managing Director for International Affairs at Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Drama Theatre, Anastasya Pavlenko.
"Over the years, Glencree has often harnessed the arts as a means of introducing and creating engagement around difficult, sensitive topics and lived experiences. It seemed very fitting to invite our friends from Ukraine to this production by their home theatre in this week which brings to the fore our focus on compassion and connection." commented Nadette Foley, Programme Manager, Glencree Intercultural and Refugee Programme.
This production is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
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