From church hall to church hall, from one remote and dying village to the next, Francis Hardy, faith healer, works his magic, curing the sick and the lame, giving strength to the weak. His powers are real. Or so he says – and sometimes believes. He can tell you of nights when miracles were conjured as fast as he could place his touch. But that was long ago and his powers these days are far less reliable. More of a mystery now is why his unhappy wife Grace and manager Teddy still place such faith in him after all that’s happened.
With its mythic resonance and drama of Gaelic folklore, Faith Healer is considered to be Irish playwrightBrian Friel’s masterpiece. In four beautifully sculptured monologues, the characters take turns wrestling with the past, showing that memory can be as unreliable, and as contradictory, as faith.
This production, directed by Judy Davis, starsPip Miller (Death of a Salesman) as the crass showman-cum-manager Teddy,Alison Whyte (Summer of the Seventeenth Doll) as the faithful yet embittered wife Grace, andColin Friels (Skylight) as the melancholic, charismatic Francis Hardy.
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