An Grianan Theatre’s most ambitious production to date is a full professional production of Brian Friel’s The Enemy Within. Starring Donegal native Seán McGinley in the lead role of Columba/Colmcille, the production is one the key events in the Colmcille 1500, which celebrates the life and legacy of Colmcille 1500 years from his birth.
Directed by fellow Donegal native Caitríona McLaughlin, the newly announced Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, the production will welcome in person audiences to An Grianán, and will also be available to watch as a digital production from home.
A major early work by Friel, who made Donegal his home, The Enemy Within examines a period in the life of Colmcille as a mature man, having worked in his ministry for many years and settled in his monastery in Iona yet still subject to the demands of his turbulent family clan in Donegal. The action takes place in Columba’s room or cell, in the Autumn of 587, on the island of Iona, off the West coast of Scotland.
The stellar cast also includes Liam Carney, Bosco Hogan, Ciaran McGlynn, Charlie Bonner, Sean Donegan, Francis Harkin, Ronan Carr, Jack Quinn and Aidan Moriarty.