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ETT's Translations - full casting announced

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FULL casting has been announced for the new production of Brian Friel’s Translations, which opens at Sheffield Theatres on February 17 as part of a season of work dedicated to Friel, before travelling to Cambridge, Exeter, Newcastle, Oxford, Ipswich and culminating at the Rose Theatre Kingston from April 22 to May 3, 2014.

The line up includes Cian Barry (as Owen), Niall Buggy (Hugh), Paul Cawley (Captain Lancey), Beth Cooke (Máire), Hannah James (Bridget), Gary Lilburn (Jimmy Jack), Rory Murphy (Doalty), Roxanna Nic Liam (Sarah), James Northcote (Yolland) and Ciaran O’Brien (Manus).

Previously Posted: Co-produced by English Touring Theatre, Sheffield Theatres and Rose Theatre Kingston, Brian Friel’s Translations runs at the Rose Theatre Kingston from April 22 to May 3, 2014.

1833. Rural Ireland. The British Army arrives to translate Gaelic place names into the King’s English.

Farm-girl Máire finds herself torn between the affections of the local school teacher and the love of a British soldier, between her native tongue and a new language, between the comfort of the world she knows and the excitement of foreign possibilities.

The resulting clash of two worlds threatens the very heart of the community as they struggle to interpret a new language and each other. What gets lost in translation?

Translations will be directed by James Grieve, Joint Artistic Director of Paines Plough, where his credits include Jumpers For Goalposts by Tom Wells, Hopelessly Devoted by Kate Tempest, Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett, Fly Me To The Moon by Marie Jones, Tiny Volcanoes by Laurence Wilson, Wasted by Kate Tempest, You Cannot Go Forward From Where You Are Right Now by David Watson and The Sound Of Heavy Rain by Penelope Skinner (as part of Roundabout in a co-production with Sheffield Theatres).

Brian Friel’s other works include Dancing at Lughnasa, Faith Healer, Father and Sons, The Home Place, Volunteers and Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Translations will be designed by Lucy Osborne, with lighting by James Farncombe and sound design and music composed by Tom Gibbons.

For more information call the box office on 0844 482 1556 or visit

Translations will open in Sheffield on February 17, 2014 before continuing to Cambridge, Exeter, Newcastle, Oxford and Ipswich before its final two weeks at Rose Theatre Kingston.