Friel's creative process
Friel scholar Zosia Kuczyńska gives an overview of some of the distinctive features of playwright Brian Friel’s creative process as revealed by his literary archives at the National Library of Ireland. several of which went on to influence the ways in which Jessie Keenan and Robbie Blake went about making their creative responses to archive materials.
Brian Friel, ‘Extracts from a Sporadic Diary: Give Me Your Answer, Do! (1995–96)’, in Brian Friel: Essays, Diaries, Interviews 1964–1999, ed., trans., and bib. by Christopher Murray (London: Faber and Faber, 1999), pp.166–172 (p.168).
Mixed interview, extract 2
Zosia Kuczyńska, Jessie Keenan, and Robbie Blake talk about their own scholarly and artistic processes and how they intersect with Friel’s creative practice.
Don't anticipate the ending
Brian Friel penned this note to self whilst writing Dancing at Lughnasa (1990).
Jessie Keenan's questions
Jessie Keenan compiled this list of phrases and questions after visiting Friel’s archives and sharing research with Friel scholar Zosia Kuczyńska.
The sacred core of the play.
This note was written by Brian Friel during the composition process for Dancing at Lughnasa (1990). Friel often referred to what he called the ‘core’ of a given play, which, once established, would be a leading factor in determining the play’s form.
Robbie Blake's transcription of Friel's markings
This is Robbie Blake’s transcription of markings made by Brian Friel on a page of notes towards Dancing at Lughnasa (1990).