THE ENEMY WITHIN
Special permission has been given to the festival by the Brian Friel Estate for Belfast based theatre company Kabosh to restage its original performed reading (first presented by the festival in August 2015) of The Enemy Within but this time with an all-female cast.
Brian Friel wrote in his preface to the play, The Enemy Within that it is neither a history nor a biography but an imaginative account of the voluntary exile of St. Columba, Columba or Columcille, who was born in County Donegal circa A. D. 521. A founder of monasteries, he left Ireland in 563 for Iona where he spent thirty-four years and where the play is set. Brian Friel concentrates on the private man, a charismatic, worldly personality who struggled to combine skills of scholar, bard and ruler with a fearless commitment to his vocation, and he probes the theme of exile, a subject he returned to in Philadelphia, Here I Come!
As his first published play, The Enemy Within is Brian Friel’s first significant play.
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