The inaugural Lughnasa International Friel Festival takes that one step further by basing the programme around the themes from a single play from the Irish playwright: Dancing at Lughnasa.
I spoke to festival founder Sean Doran at the launch this morning and he began by explaining how to pronounce Lughnasa (loon-asa, think lunacy!) before going on to describe how the various festival events in Donegal and Belfast link back to Friel’s play.
As well as the signature production of Dancing at Lughnasa that’s running in the Lyric Theatre from 26 August to 27 September, the
Throughout the festival a strand of all-female talks will offer up the thoughts and views of Shami Chakrabarti, Sandi Toksvig and Sinead Gleeson among many others.
More details on the Donegal and Belfast weekends of the festival on their website.