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Stephen Rea pays tribute to playwright friend Brian Friel

By Caroline Crawford

Published 09/11/2015

Actor Stephen Rea, takes part in a Reclaim the Vision of 1916 event in Dublin this afternoon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 4, 2015. Reclaim the Vision of 1916 believes there can be no equivalence between those who died in the struggle to create an Irish Republic and those who perished in defence of the British Empire. 'Imagine the British authorities erecting a plaque at the cenotaph in London to honour those gallant members of the Luftwaffe who perished in the bombing raids on London during World War 2', says artist Robert Ballagh. 'In honouring everyone in general we commemorate nobody in particular.' Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Actor Stephen Rea, takes part in a Reclaim the Vision of 1916 event in Dublin this afternoon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 4, 2015. Reclaim the Vision of 1916 believes there can be no equivalence between those who died in the struggle to create an Irish Republic and those who perished in defence of the British Empire. 'Imagine the British authorities erecting a plaque at the cenotaph in London to honour those gallant members of the Luftwaffe who perished in the bombing raids on London during World War 2', says artist Robert Ballagh. 'In honouring everyone in general we commemorate nobody in particular.' Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Actor Stephen Rea has paid tribute to his longtime friend Brian Friel, saying the playwright had left a legacy of work that will endure.

The actor who co-founded the Field Day Theatre Company with the Derry playwright described him as a “legend”.

“I was there at Glenties at the funeral. He was a legend, but the work is there. He was 86, it was a sad occasion but it’s a warm occasion as well. It’s awful for the family to lose anyone but his work is there.”

The Belfast-born actor also called on the Irish film industry to move away from its reliance on big foreign productions like Game of Thrones and focus on more homegrown programmes.

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