Full Length Play
Time Period - 1970s
Settings Of Play - Derry City, Northern Ireland. 1970.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Cutting Approved for Competition, Scene work, Competition or audition material
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Set in Londonderry in 1970, this gripping drama by the acclaimed author of Faith Healer and Translations explores the ongoing Irish “troubles” that plague the country to this day. An unauthorized Civil Rights March has been dispersed, and three demonstrators, two young men, and a middle-aged mother of eleven take refuge in the Town Hall. Hysterical rumor inflates the trio to forty armed rebels, and they are besieged. When they surrender, they are shot.
"Friel fleshes the awful, numbing casualty statistics and gives them breath and life." - The Sunday Telegraph
"Friel has written the best Northern Irish play since the present troubles began; it is also the least tainted by propaganda or the simplifications to which such a subject becomes prone." - The Financial Times
The Freedom of the City was first presented in the United States at the Goodman Theatre Center in Chicago, Illinois. It was directed by William Woodman. The play was subsequently presented Off Broadway by Konrad Matthaei and Hale Matthews at the Alvin Theatre in New York City on February 17, 1974. It was also directed by William Woodman.