Blackwater Valley Fit-up Festival, 2017
Tue 7th – Sun 12th February – 8:00pm
Green & Blue
Kabosh Theatre presents:
Green & Blue
Written by: Laurence McKeown
Directed by: Paula McFetridge
Performed by: Vincent Higgins and James Doran.
At one point we took on a role that became an identity and that identity now defines us. We’re a uniform, not real people. And rightly or wrongly we now view the world from that perspective.
Green & Blue explores the painful and humorous realities faced by the individuals who patrolled the border during the height of the conflict. Based on an oral archive of serving RUC and An Garda Siochána officers, the production fuses theatre and film to look at the person behind the uniform and the different experiences of two individuals on either side of a line in the ground.
Each performance will be followed by a post-show discussion.
“What is striking is the power of the play to engage with the audience with reflections on the border and identities” – Northern Ireland Foundation
“A drama of substantial insight and revelation… a life affirming celebration of the end of the dark days of a hard border” – The Reviews Hub
“Green & Blue is a thoughtful, challenging and entertaining dramatisation of an oral history, casting light on police officers lives as they saw it” – Culture Northern Ireland
Running Time: 60 minute
Age suitability: 14+ Slight instances of strong language, deals with adult themes.
Dates & Venues:
Tue. 7th Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
The Mall Art Centre, Youghal
Wed. 8th Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
Bruach na Carraige, Rockchapel
Thu. 9th Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
Community Hall, Dromtarriff
Fri 10th Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville
Sat. 11th Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
First Fruits Arts Centre, Watergrasshill
Sun. 12th Feb. 2017 – 8:00pm
The Palace Theatre, Fermoy
Laurence McKeown – Laurence is a writer, playwright, and filmmaker though he sees those roles within the broader context of political activism and academia. In the late 1990s he co-wrote a feature film, H3, based on the 1981 hunger strike which he participated in (70 days). His previous plays with Kabosh include Those You Pass on the Street (staged in South Africa in 2016 as part of the National Arts Festival and in Rwanda); Johanna Monahan ; It’s in the Streets ; Two Roads West other plays include Cherish all the children of the nation equally (TÍ Chulainn). The Official Version, A Cold House and Laughter of our Children (Dubbeljoint).
Vincent Higgins – Vincent is an actor and writer from Co Antrim. He previously worked with Kabosh on Those You Pass On The Street (Irish Tour, National Arts Festival, S. Africa, Ubumuntu Arts Festival, Rwanda); Inventors, 1 in 5, Titans, Carnival and Two Roads West. Other theatre credits include Shibboleth and As the Beast Sleeps (Abbey Theatre); The Freedom of the City (Abbey Theatre & Lincoln Centre, New York); Hamlet (Abbey/Lyric co-production); Ohio Impromtu (Happy Days International Beckett Festival, Enniskillen & Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris).
James Doran– James is from Belfast and trained at Manchester Poly School of Theatre. His most recent theatre credits include The Belfast Tempest (Terra Nova); Smiley (Lyric Theatre) and The Lantern Man (Powerstone),The Ballad of Reading Gaol, The Enemy Within and Henry and Harriet. Other theatre credits include 1974 (the end of the year show).