In connection with the play’s run at the National Theatre, actors Liadán Dunlea and Fra Fee visited the national Poetry Library here at Southbank Centre to perform a reading of Gearóid Mac Lochlain’s poem of the same name.
The connection between Gearóid Mac Lochlain’s 'Translations' / 'Aistriúcháin' and the National Poetry Library runs deeper than the medium of Mac Lochain’s work. Established in 2017, the National Poetry Library’s Endangered Poetry Project is an attempt to preserve the poetry of languages on the verge of dying out. An ongoing work, the project last year spawned a groundbreaking anthology, Poems from the Edge of Extinction, edited by National Poetry Librarian, Chris McCabe.
In this behind the scenes video from the National Theatre’s filming of 'Translations' / 'Aistriúcháin', Fee explains more about the connection to the project, and Dunlea highlights the pressure languages can be placed under in an increasingly globalised world. The pair also talk about how Mac Lochain’s poem resonates with Friel’s play.
The National Poetry Library is the largest public collection of modern poetry in the world. Located on Level 5 of Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre it is open 11am - 8pm, Tuesdays to Sundays.