New season starts with a bang

PUBLISHED: 17:45 04 January 2011

Finbar Lynch

Finbar Lynch


THE new season will begin with a bang at the Bristol Old Vic Studio with a revival of Brian Friel’s 1979 masterpiece Faith Healer.

Associate director of the theatre, Simon Godwin directs Finbar Lynch as the main character.

The production opens on February 1 and follows the tale of Frank, a faith healer.

Travelling with his two companions, Grace and Teddy, he roams the British Isles healing the sick.

By the edge of forests, at the base of mountains, in remote coastal villages, the lame, the ill and the broken hearted gather for the Fantastic Francis Hardy, known as Faith Healer.

But who is Frank? Are his miracles real or imaginary? What is the true price the saved must pay?

Haunting, tender and passionate, Faith Healer takes audiences into the heart of what it means to believe.

As we are drawn deeper into the world of Frank and his companions, our certainties fall away as we are led towards the play’s magisterial, unforgettable climax.

Finbar Lynch’s theatre credits are too many to mention.

For television, his work includes Proof, Dalziel & Pascoe, Expensive Silence, Waking the Dead, Red Cap, Atilla the Hun, Second Sight and Mind Games and for film, Matilde, To Kill a King, Lost Battalion and King Lear.

Simon Godwin became an associate director for Bristol Old Vic in 2009, and for the company has directed Caryl Churchill’s Far Away.

His other recent work includes Wanderlust, and five short plays about the general election, both for the Royal Court. Other work includes The Country, Comus, All the Little Things We Crushed and The Winter’s Tale.

Tickets, priced £11-16, are available from 0117 987 7877 or

Photo: Farrow Creative.

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