The Brian Friel Theatre and the Brian Friel Centre for Theatre research was opened by Brian Friel in 2009. The building located at 20 University Square forms the centre piece of the Drama Studies course at Queen’s University Belfast. The Brian Friel Centre aims to produce world class research as well as offering students a vibrant environment in which to study.
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PERFORMANCE: A BETTER BOY: A DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE
5 & 6 Dec 2013 8:00PM
Description: by John Wilson Foster performed by Ian McElhinney.
Lord Pirrie – one of the most successful businessman of his era – has condescended to grant an interview to a young journalist eager to hear his memories of Tommie Andrews, the “better boy” of the title. Andrews was the great man’s nephew and co-designer of the lost Titanic and who shared the fate of his creation.
It is 1917, before Pirrie is called upon to take charge of British merchant shipping during the Great War while still firmly at the tiller of Harland & Wolff, the world’s biggest shipyard. It is still his heyday and the interview is conducted in his lavish Surrey mansion in a saloon underneath the mansion’s man-made lake, an irony that like the lost ship goes unremarked. A celebrated public speaker, Pirrie soon takes charge of the interview to give his own side of the Titanic story.
Pirrie is no shamed Bruce Ismay, however, this master- builder and irresistible salesman, famous for his prodigious memory and eye for detail, finds himself on a journey of self-discovery that finally admits doubt, resentment and even sorrow. The dramatic monologue has a performance time of roughly 50 minutes
Venue: Brian Friel Theatre