Overview

Synopsis

The transcendent power of great Irish storytelling takes centre stage for Brian Friel's magnificent series of monologues starring Colin Friels, directed by Judy Davis.
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Cast & Creatives

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Reviews

4
The Age
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Synopsis

The critical triumph of Sydney’s theatre year sees The Fantastic Francis Hardy working his magic, curing the sick and giving strength to the weak. His powers are real. Or so he says, and sometimes believes. He can tell you of nights when miracles were conjured as fast as he could place his touch. But that was long ago and his powers are far less reliable these days. More of a mystery now is why his embittered wife and hapless manager still put such faith in him after all that’s happened.

With its mythic resonance and drama of Gaelic folklore, Faith Healer is considered to be Irish playwright Brian Friel’s masterpiece, where characters take turns wrestling with the past, proving that memory can be as unreliable, and as contradictory, as faith. This production, directed by Judy Davis, stars Paul Blackwell (God of Carnage) as the crass showman-cum-manager Teddy, Alison Whyte (Summer of the Seventeenth Doll) as the faithful yet disillusioned wife Grace, and Colin Friels (Skylight) as the melancholic, charismatic Francis Hardy.

You can learn more about Faith Healer on the MTC Blog, Backstage. You can also download the Faith Healer programme before your visit, or purchase one for just $2 at the theatre.

Cast & Crew

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Paul Blackwell

Teddy

Colin Friels

Colin Friels

Francis Hardy

Alison Whyte

Alison Whyte

Grace

Judy Davis

Judy Davis

Director

Brian Thomson

Brian Thomson

Set Designer

Tess Schofield

Tess Schofield

Costume Designer

Verity Hampson

Verity Hampson

Lighting Designer

Paul Charlier

Paul Charlier

Composer & Sound Designer

News & Reviews

Reviews

4
The Age
4

Friel deserves his reputation as one of the greatest, Irish playwrights and this production of Faith Healer, with its accomplished direction and performances, does justice to his legacy.

Herald Sun
4

Theatre this fine, this pulsing and piteous, is worth seeing in anyone’s language.

Time Out Melbourne

These are masters at work. The most vital, nuanced and powerful performances I’ve seen in Sydney this year.

Daily Review

A near flawless production. Truly a masterpiece.

The Guardian

Friels’ magnificent performance as Frank is full of the energy and charisma.

The Australian

Venues

Attendance Information

  • Contains adult themes. For further information, please call our box office on (03) 8688 0800.
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