What is vaguely forbidden?
In this note towards Dancing at Lughnasa (1990) dated 30 May 1989, Friel asks himself whether dance might be a means of expressing as-yet unidentified taboos.
Let it drift as it wishes.
In this note towards Dancing at Lughnasa (1990), we can see Friel reminding himself of the need to allow the play to develop freely without becoming bogged down with preconceived ideas of form.
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.
In this video clip from 29 April 2021, masked performers Bláthnaid Conroy Murphy and Michelle O’Rourke rehearse music by Robbie Blake written for Jessie Keenan’s film ‘So What Is Surfacing’.