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A political play that never looses sight that it is art
on 1 August 2001
Brian Friel's "Making History" is a wondwerful work of art. The title is very suggestive, and timely, too. Nowadays, we live in an age where voices are being heard announcing 'the end of history'. Friel's title suggests that as long as there are people living, history will continue to flaw. I have to say, though, that history making for Friel is not a matter of a linear description of events; rather, history for him is fragmented. It is a discours that could be totally imaginary, and has nothing to do with reality or the 'truth'. The play is excellent because it tackles a political issue without being a political treatise. Friel never lost sight of the fact that he was writing a drama.Indeed, it had been quite some time since I read a serious play that deals with the struggle of a people to gain its freedom and preserve its culture. A wonderful play by all measures indeed.