Audible, the world’s leading provider of spoken-word entertainment, has released Brian Friel’s masterful and haunting Faith Healer, starring Golden Globe nominee Toby Jones (Infamous, Detectorists), Ciarán Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Rome, Game of Thrones) and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones, Gangs of London) in the UK.
Directed by world renowned theatre director, Ian Rickson, formerly artistic director of the Royal Court. Sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph Sound. This production was conceived specifically for listening audiences.
Brian Friel’s 1979 play follows the mesmerising Francis Hardy as he travels to the most secluded corners of Wales, Scotland and Ireland attempting to heal those who wish to be saved. His bitter but loving wife Grace and manager Teddy complete this nomadic trio, each with their own confession of love, loss and the troubles of life on the road with a seemingly fated Faith Healer.
Presented over the course of four separate soliloquies, these three characters build differing impressions of their relationships and their village hall tours of Wales and Scotland. Their slippery recollections do not tally. Only a few facts hold firm: place names, a couple of events, and the act of questioning. Listeners will be left doubting who and what should we believe, or believe in – in this kaleidoscopic, shifting exploration of the power of belief.
Toby Jones said: “It’s been an honour to work on this legendary play alongside such a great cast under Ian’s meticulous direction. This seems like an ideal format in which to experience the mystery and heartache of Friel’s stranded company.”
Abigail Gonda, Producer, Audible Original Theatre said: “Faith Healer is an astonishing piece of drama. We are completely blown away by this beautifully designed, atmospheric production and the profoundly moving performances by true titans of the stage. It really is something special. This play joins a strong theatre catalogue at Audible and we are delighted to offer people a new way to access theatre, in lockdown and beyond.”
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