Power of words
THE turbulent struggle between Britain and Ireland centuries ago is mapped out in a new play heading to Gloucestershire this weekend.
Translations, directed by Steven Rayworth and put together by Deep End Theatre Group, is set in Ireland in 1833 in the small peaceful community of Baile Baeg.
But things soon change when a former resident returns home with English officers who are intent on mapping the local area.
A struggle ensues and this becomes the focus of the play with colonialism and language two areas that are explored.
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Director Steven Rayworth, said: "Translations shows us that language is more than strings of words; it communicates culture, history and identity.
"This story identifies the power of language to change history and strip a country of its identity.
"Arguably Friel's best play, Translations is certainly his most personal work."
It's a desperate situation and there's a very questionable outcome. To find out what it is, catch Translations at The Playhouse in Cheltenham from 7.45pm tonight.
Tickets cost from £8. Call 01242 522852.