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[Perspectives] The miracle-maker

The power of healing others: do some people really possess it or is it just a trick used by quacks and mountebanks to take advantage of gullible people in need of hope? Is belief the only reason behind potential healing or can something miraculous really happen? And who do we have faith in, and why? These are some of the questions that emerge in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, a play which has recently opened in a superb revival at London’s Donmar Warehouse, under the direction of Lyndsey Turner. This mysteriously lyrical play, written in 1979, presents four overlapping and conflicting monologues to tell the story of three characters whose lives are intertwined.

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