By Brian Friel
Director Judy Davis

  • Venue Melbourne Theatre Company
  • Dates 4 March – 8 April 2017

    Last century. The lovelorn, the malformed and the sick flock to a gifted rogue billed The Fantastic Francis Hardy: Faith Healer. Frank drifts the back roads of Britain with his wife and manager, hoping to find their way home. He might be just another shyster, more showman than shaman. But the trouble is, sometimes Fantastic Francis actually does bring the healing touch.

    The masterpiece of one of the greatest playwrights of the last 50 years, Brian Friel’s Faith Healer becomes more and more fascinating as it progresses. On one level about artifice and social responsibility, it’s also the story of what it means for a damaged family to be healed, and what it means to be truly saved.

    Hardy is an extraordinary creation: lovable charmer, proud tyrant, exploiter, saviour; saintly when he’s sinning, most honest in his lies. Starring Colin Friels, Paul Blackwell and Alison Whyte.


    By Brian Friel
    Director Judy Davis
    Set Designer Brian Thomson
    Costume Designer Tess Schofield
    Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
    Composer & Sound Designer Paul Charlier


    Paul Blackwell
    Colin Friels
    Alison Whyte

    Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman
    Production images by Brett Boardman

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