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New Perspectives - Faith Healer

by Brian Friel

UK Tour 2009

Darwin Suite Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AH
Box Office 01332 255 800

New Perspectives will present the first ever English rural touring production of Brian Friel’s FAITH HEALER. It will open at Derby Assembly Rooms on Thurs 5 Nov and tour until Sat 12 December 2009.

It is directed by New Perspectives Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd. In the cast

are Martin Jenkins, Angela McGowan and Stephen Ley. Design is by Juliet Shillingford with lighting by Katherine Williams.

Frank Hardy, Faith Healer, has been on tour for twenty years, visiting villages and market towns the length and breadth of the land, accompanied by his long-suffering wife, Grace, and his smooth-talking manager, Teddy – administering help to the sick, and sometimes working miracles. But Frank’s not sure of his gift, and Grace and Teddy have their own views on whether he has a gift at all.

‘Faith Healer – faith healing – occasionally it worked – and when it did, when I stood before a man and placed my hands on him and watched him become whole in my presence, those were nights of exultation, of consummation.’

Faith Healer was first presented on Broadway in 1979 and subsequently seen at the Abbey Dublin and Royal Court London in 1981.

Martin Jenkins (Frank Faith Healer) was Charlie in ‘Stones In His Pocket’ at the Duke of York’ Theatre and UK tour. Angela McGowan (Grace) was in Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing At Lughnasa at the Old Vic earlier this year. She portrayed Valerie in the Scottish première of ‘The Weir’ to great acclaim. Stephen Ley (Teddy), has recently played Davies in Pinter’s ‘The Caretaker’ and Salter in Caryl Churchill’s ‘A Number’. He has been in productions at the National, Royal Exchange and Bristol Old Vic.

The New Perspectives tour of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Farm Boy’ will finish at Greenwich Theatre on 31 October. Michael Morpurgo will take part in a discussion after the 4.00pm performance at Greenwich on Saturday 31 Oct.

5th to 7th Nov 7:30pm DerbyLIVE , Assembly Rooms Darwin Suite

Sat 7th Nov 2:30pm DerbyLIVE , Darwin Suite, Assembly Rooms

Tue 10th Nov 7:30pm The Ecclesbourne School , Duffield, Derbyshire

Wed 11th Nov 7:30pm Catmose Theatre , Vale of Catmose College

Thur 12th Nov 7:30pm Sewstern Village Hall, LINCS

Fri 13th Nov 7:30pm Sir John Moore Foundation , Appleby Magna

Sat 14th Nov 7:30pm Samworth Centre St Mary's, LEICS

Tue 17th Nov 7:30pm Sutton Cum Lound Village Hall, NOTTS

Wed 18th Nov 7:30pm Highfields School , Matlock, DERBY

Fri 20th Nov 7:30pm Spilsby Theatre, LINCS

Sat 21st Nov 7:30pm Ingham & Cammeringham Village Hall LINCS

Tue 24th Nov 7:30pm Tennyson D Eyncourt Memorial Hall, Tealby

Wed 25th Nov 7:30pm Bishop Greaves Theatre, Bishop Grosseteste College

Fri 27th Nov 7:30pm St Mary Magdalene Church , Helmdon

Sat 28th Nov 7:30pm Wootton Memorial Hall

Thur 3rd Dec 7:30pm Styrrup Village Hall

Sat 5th Dec 7:30pm Minting Village Hall

Mon 7th Dec 7:30pm North Wingfield Resource Centre

Thurs 10th Dec 7:30pm Theatre at the URC Hall

Fri 11th Dec 7:30pm Shardlow Village Hall

Sat 12th Dec 7:30pm Scalford Village Hall

Running time 2 hours 15 mins

12 October 2009