Making History (play)

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Making History
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Script cover
Written by Brian Friel
Characters Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone
Mabel Bagenal
Harry Hoveden
Hugh Roe O'Donnell
Mary Bagenal
Peter Lombard
Date premiered September 20, 1988 (1988-09-20)
Place premiered Guildhall, Derry
Original language English
Subject Irish nationalism, Nine Years' War, historiography
Genre History play
Setting Dungannon, Sperrin Mountains and Rome, 1590s

Making History is a play written by Irish playwright Brian Friel in 1988, premiered at the Guildhall, Derry on 20 September 1988.[1] It focuses on the real-life plight of Aodh Mór Ó Néill, Earl of Tyrone, who led an Irish and Spanish alliance against the English in an attempt to drive them out of Ireland. The play is set before and after the Battle of Kinsale. The battle does not directly feature in the play, although it is central to the plot.

The play's other main theme is O'Neill's unexpected third marriage to the much younger, English-born Mabel Bagenal, daughter and sister of his most implacable enemies, which the play presents as a genuine though ill-fated love marriage.[2]



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  2. ^ Peacock, Alan J. The Achievement of Brian Friel Rowman and Littlefield 1993