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Lovers (Winners and Losers) by Brian Friel 5

Context 5

Outline 6

Winners 6

Episode One 6

It begins the plot. 7

It develops characters and their relationships. 8

Mag 8

Joe 8

Man/Woman 9

It establishes central themes and issues. 9

Episode Two 10

It further illustrates the central themes of the play. 10

This episode also points out fundamental differences between Joe and Mag. 11

Mag 12

Losers 13

Extract One 13

It begins the plot. 13

It develops characters and relationships. 15

This extract immediately introduces us to Andy’s predicament. 15

It illustrates central themes and issues. 16

Extract Two 18

This extract develops the plot. 18

It further illustrates central themes and issues. 18

It develops characters and their relationships. 19

Cissy 19

Mrs Wilson 20

Andy 21

Hannah 21

Extract Three 22

This extract develops the plot. 22

It further illustrates central themes and issues. 23

It develops characters and their relationships. 24

Andy 24

Hannah 24

Mrs Wilson 25

Cissy 25

The Rosary 26

Acting Roles/Characters 27

Mag 27

Joe 27

Andy 28

Hannah 28

Mrs Wilson 29

Cissy 30

Lovers (Winners and Losers) by Brian Friel

Context

Brian Patrick Friel (9 January 1929–2 October 2015) was an Irish dramatist, short story writer and founder of the Field Day Theatre Company. He was considered one of the greatest living English-language dramatists, and referred to as an ‘Irish Chekhov’, and ‘the universally accented voice of Ireland’. His plays have been compared favourably to those of contemporaries such as Samuel Beckett, Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter and Tennessee Williams.

Recognised for early works such as Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Faith Healer, Friel had 24 plays published in a more than half-century spanning career that culminated in his election to the position of Saoi of Aosdána. His plays were commonly featured on Broadway throughout this time.

In 1980, Friel co-founded Field Day Theatre Company and his play Translations...

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