Excerpts taken from the Derry Journal of August 1982,
Just as Derry people are putting their feet up for the annual August Bank Holiday, the Field Day Theatre Company is hard at work on its latest production in the Guildhall.
This year the company are producing two plays by the major Belfast poets, Tom Paulin and Derek Mahon. ‘The Riot Act’ and ‘High Time’ offer audiences an exciting new look at the poignant tale of ‘Antigone’ and a riproaring impious version of the Moliere comedy, ‘School for Husbands.’ Set in contemporary times, the plays will be performed as a double-bill in the Guildhall during the third week of September.
The cast of nine includes the familiar faces of Des McAleer, Nuala Hayes, and Field Day regular and co-founder, Stephen Rea. Joining them will be Ciaran Hinds and Veronica Quilligan.
Blight widespread say experts
According to the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, blight has been confirmed in all potato growing areas, although the greatest number of outbreaks has been in County Derry where the weather has been somewhat wetter than other parts of the Six Counties. Conditions suitable for infection occurred again between July 28 and 30 and it is important during high risk conditions, says a Department spokesman, to switch to the shorter spray intervals recommended by manufacturers.
“Although strains of blight resistant to the systemic acylalanine fugicides have been found in Northern Ireland, these represent a fairly small proportion of all strains, In addition all these products contain a protectant fungicide and this will control all strains of blight.”
Socialists want ban on plastic bullets
Derry Young Socialists have called for a ban on the use of plastic bullets following last Sunday’s incidents in Belfast where one man died and twenty others were injured when police fired plastic bullets into a crowd at an internment anniversary rally. A spokesman said that the Young Socialists believe that plastic bullets and other ‘repressive measures’ pose a threat to the Labour movement.
He said: “Repression, no matter how it is used today can be used against the working class in the future. We can see already the miners’ dispute in Britain how the police are using methods learned in Northern Ireland against workers trying to defend their jobs. The Young Socialists have called for a trade union campaign to have these weapons banned.