An Grianan Theatre
The Enemy Within (Online Event)
By Brian Friel
In this online professional production of Brian Friel’s The Enemy Within, Seán McGinley stars in the lead role of Columba/Colmcille, which celebrates the life and legacy of Colmcille 1500 years from his birth.
Directed by Caitríona McLaughlin, the newly announced Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, the production will be available to watch as a digital production from home.
A major early work by Friel, who made Donegal his home, The Enemy Within examines a period in the life of Colmcille as a mature man, having worked in his ministry for many years and settled in his monastery in Iona yet still subject to the demands of his turbulent family clan in Donegal. The action takes place in Columba’s room or cell, in the Autumn of 587, on the island of Iona, off the West coast of Scotland.
The stellar cast also includes:
Quote from Caitríona McLaughlin
This will be the first time that Caitriona McLaughlin has directed a Brian Friel play: “I think this is a beautiful play and as a Donegal woman, I am thrilled at the prospect of getting to direct myfirst Brian Friel play at home, in Donegal. It feels very special and important both personally and thematically. The themes of exile are all too familiar, just now, and the notion of battling conflicting thoughts, impulses or loyalties is a large part of the human condition, and particularly in Ireland. This forced time of reflection through Covid has had an impact on all of us and thisopportunity for an exploration of that part of the human psyche feels timely and valuable right now. Plus of course we get to do this production as part of a Country wide celebration of St.Columba and 1500 years since his birth. A singular figure who has the kind of passion, drive and commitment we see today in the tenacity of our artists and sports heroes.”