Derry drama a huge hit at The Mac

The Production team for Over the Wire' ahead of opening night. (L-R) Director Kieran Griffiths, cast member Martin Bradley, stage manager Fiona McLaughlin, cast members Shaun Coyle, Gerry Doherty and Pat Lynch, John Mulkeen, Michael McDaid and Andrew Doherty.
The Production team for Over the Wire' ahead of opening night. (L-R) Director Kieran Griffiths, cast member Martin Bradley, stage manager Fiona McLaughlin, cast members Shaun Coyle, Gerry Doherty and Pat Lynch, John Mulkeen, Michael McDaid and Andrew Doherty.

A Derry production focusing on Long Kesh Prison has sold out at The Mac in Belfast.

‘Over the Wire’ by Seamas Keenan- commissioned and first staged in Derry as part of the Playhouse’s City of Culture programme back in 2013- has been receiving rave reviews this week.

The Production team for Over the Wire' ahead of opening night. (L-R) Director Kieran Griffiths, cast member Martin Bradley, stage manager Fiona McLaughlin, cast members Shaun Coyle, Gerry Doherty and Pat Lynch, John Mulkeen, Michael McDaid and Andrew Doherty.

The Production team for Over the Wire' ahead of opening night. (L-R) Director Kieran Griffiths, cast member Martin Bradley, stage manager Fiona McLaughlin, cast members Shaun Coyle, Gerry Doherty and Pat Lynch, John Mulkeen, Michael McDaid and Andrew Doherty.

The play, which has also previously been staged in Scotland and Dublin, sold out hours after its opening night on Tuesday.

Over The Wire is based on true events and tells the story of five men’s fight for survival in Long Kesh prison in 1974.

The men are battling against a world of violence, paranoia and hunger as they struggle against British soldiers, each other and their own personal demons in the piece.

Originally directed by BAFTA award-winning director Kenny Glenaan, whose newest work, ‘Citizen Charlie’ a drama about Charles Haughey, recently showed on RTE, the piece has hit the road again under the direction of the Playhouse’s Producer and Director, Derry man Kieran Griffiths.

The show will run until Saturday at The MAC, Belfast, following last month’s visit to the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.

“With the help of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland Touring Fund, we were just delighted to bring this gritty political drama back to a wider audience, and the response from local and national press to its return has been just phenomenal,” Kieran said.

“We wanted to showcase the very real tangible legacy created by 2013, platforming the important artistic contribution that was made in this city, the talent, the celebration, the debate, the purposeful inquiry, and the important artistic response to our past.”