A chance meeting

Not a play, but a chance meeting at the Westbury Hotel. Brian was there for the mounting of one of his plays. My husband and I rode the elevator down to the lobby with him. We got out at the lobby but he continued down to the lower floor.

I said to my husband, “That man looks so familiar.” Charlie said, “that was Brian Friel.” Charlie performed in many of Brian’s plays in Los Angeles and Seattle under the direction of Warner Shook, but had never met Brian.

When we went down to the bar, we discovered Brian was sitting alone having a pint. My husband did not want to bother him, but I went over and told him how much I enjoyed his plays, but that I had only seen them in the US, directed by our friend Warner Shook. Brian was delighted to hear we knew Warner and asked after him. Charlie filled Brian in and the two of them had a long animated conversation about theatre in Ireland and the US. I did not get a word in edgewise, but was thrilled to listen to them.

Barbara Hallahan

Share your moment

What are we looking for?

A few lines recounting a recent experience or cherished memory of the Abbey Theatre.

Share a photo via Instagram and tag it Abbey110moments, or fill in the form below.

Contact moments@abbeytheatre.ie if you are encountering any problems.






By submitting content to the Abbey Theatre you are agreeing for it to be featured on www.abbeytheatre.ie and that you have copyright for any images.

Latest Added See all

  • My Take on ‘The Risen People’ – Sept 11th 2014 “I remember approaching the Abbey theatre by foot on a…

    + Read in full

  • Seamus Puirseil

    My first visit to the Abbey was in July 1951, a seven year old taken by the hand by my…

    + Read in full

  • Aoife Brady

    Waltzing round the Abbey Bar with Muiris Crowley after a performance of ‘The Dead’ was a lovely if not odd…

    + Read in full

On Twitter + Follow