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). Robbie first consulted the Brian Friel Papers at the National Library of Ireland’s reading room on Kildare Street in February 2019, and was struck by the resemblance of Friel’s annotations to graphic notation. This inspired them to create a graphic score for the piece that was to become ‘Running the ending’.
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.
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.
Structure the ages.
In Friel’s play Dancing at Lughnasa (1990), the radio is an important theatrical device. Apart from connecting the Mundy sisters to an emerging modernity, it also functions as an almost supernatural presence as it makes sudden musical intrusions that disturb the domestic scene.
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.