Faith Healer by Irish playwright, Brian Friel is coming to the end of its run at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum theatre. Three performances left, folks. Get Going.
Structured in four scenes and performed by a cast of three, Faith Healer is about that mountebank performer who preyed on the sick, the halt and the lame. Occasionally – how? no one knows – he would have a resounding success. Success that meant financial security for four days!
The play is about Faith Healing, memory, luck, the nature of illness and the human condition. Three strong performances from Sean O’Callaghan, Niamh McCann and Patrick Driver explore the strengths and weaknesses of each character. The narratives are marked by agreed ‘facts’ and differentiated by the interpretation of those ‘facts’. As always with Friel’s writing, the subtext is rich and its effect goes on working in our understanding long after the lights go down.
A gripe: if the programme costs me £2.50, I want to be able to read it in the theatre. White lettering on black does not suit my middle-aged eyes and I don’t think I’m the only one. Designers design, but those of us paying for the product want it fit for purpose – please.