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Historical Context of Translations
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- Full Title: Translations
- When Written: 1980
- Where Written: Ireland
- When Published: 1981 (premiered September 23, 1980)
- Literary Period: Modern
- Genre: Play
- Setting: The fictional Gaelic-speaking town of Baile Beag in County Donegal, Ireland in 1833
- Climax: Maire and Yolland kiss, causing Sarah to run off shouting for Manus
- Antagonist: Captain Lancey, British colonialism
Extra Credit for Translations
The Original Cast. The original Irish cast of Translations included future film star Liam Neeson in the role of Doalty.
Partly Based on History. Lieutenant Yolland is a fictionalized version of actual British military surveyor William Yolland, who participated in the nineteenth-century Ordnance Survey of Ireland (but who, unlike in Friel’s play, did not disappear on site). Captain Lancey, meanwhile, is based on Thomas Frederick Colby, the director of the Ordnance Survey.