Sunday, January 30, 2011

faith healer

Moira+I went to see Brian Friel’s “Faith Healer” at the Bristol Old Vic last night (strangely, it was the first time we’d seen a performance in the Old Vic’s Studio). Powerful, hugely impressive play about a travelling faith healer. The play is in four acts, is about two hours in length and is performed by just three actors (all quite brilliant: Finbar Lynch, Kathy Kiera Clarke and Richard Bremmer). It provides conflicting accounts of shared experiences and events, but the really powerful aspect of the evening for me was the fact that each of the four acts featured just one actor only – each act was a half hour soliloquy. Beautifully performed – shocking, tender, sad and funny.
Don’t you just love live performance!

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