In what has been described as a "homecoming", An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny, Co Donegal is the final stop on a lengthy run of a major co-production of Brian Friel's acclaimed play Translations.

The drama is set in the fictional Donegal town of Baile Beag (Ballybeg) and revolves around a hedge school in an Irish-speaking community.

Amid plans for a new English-speaking national school, a group of Royal Engineers have arrived to map the area.

Brian Friel premiered the play with Field Day Theatre Company at the Guildhall in Derry in 1980.

The Donegal-born Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Caitríona McLaughlin, has brought the play back to the county as a fitting finale to the production.

The co-production between the Abbey Theatre and the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, opened in Belfast in April before moving to Dublin for a summer run on the Abbey stage.

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Ms McLaughlin, who directed the play, said it was a "privilege and an honour" to bring the Abbey and Translations back to home to Donegal.

She said the play explores the "fractious relationship between people and nations through the lens of language and (mis)communication".

The idea of producing it now was to "get people talking about these issues again" 100 years on from partition, she added.

The response from audiences in Letterkenny has been terrific according to the director of An Grianán Theatre, Patricia McBride.

She said all shows have sold out except for a handful of tickets for the Saturday matinee.

The run concludes on Saturday night and Ms McBride said it has been a "homecoming" and a fitting end to a long project to bring it back to "Friel Country".