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Stephen Rea pays tribute to playwright friend Brian Friel

By Caroline Crawford

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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