Robbie Blake, preliminary score
This is Robbie Blake’s first attempt at producing a graphic score inspired by Brian Friel’s archives at the National Library of Ireland. This sketch includes a legend of the various graphics used and what performance task they represent:
walk/run on spot
(dream-) dance (dance as self-expression)
faster/some other change tbc
travel + dance tbc
The second page includes thoughts on what the piece is about: effort, release, relentlessness; dance as self-expression. It also includes some explorations around different combinations of live and pre-recorded elements: video, audio, live running; ear-plugs.
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).
this nagging idea of Dance
Among Friel’s preoccupations whilst writing Dancing at Lughnasa (1990) were what he called ‘this nagging idea of dance’ on the one hand and the extent to which the play’s form should be naturalistic on the other.
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.
Robbie Blake, 'Running the ending' score
This is Robbie Blake’s original graphic score (pp. 1-5) for their live performance piece ‘Running the ending’, which is featured in this exhibition as a short film and which was inspired by Blake’s engagement with the Brian Friel Papers at the National Library of Ireland.