Has language failed these people?
The idea that words are not enough was something that followed Friel through his writing career, and informed many of his most well-known plays.
This draft of Michael’s opening/closing monologue from Dancing at Lughnasa (1990) features some of the ways in which Friel would annotate his notes.
the notion of something forbidden
In this note towards Dancing at Lughnasa (1990), Friel suggests that the ‘core’ of the play might be the expression of the uncelebrated or taboo through the medium of dance.