Exploring a dark history

A scene from 'Black 47' which will be performed at The Playhouse next Saturday, March 16th.
A scene from 'Black 47' which will be performed at The Playhouse next Saturday, March 16th.

This month witness the influential ‘Black 47’- an original new piece of theatre that explores the Irish Famine through song and drama.

‘Black 47’ which will be performed at The Playhouse next Saturday, March 16th, tells the story of how the single greatest disaster in Ireland tore apart families as hunger, disease, death and emigration came to a terrifying height.

The production, written and composed by Sean Donnelly is set in Ireland in 1842, a few years before the Great Irish Famine. ‘Black 47’ merges original heartfelt music and a haunting story to tell a story of courage, hope, local and endurance.

“As I have huge interests in the era and utmost admiration for our ancestors who suffered during the famine, I compulsively decided that I had to honour and rein-act the many events that took place such as eviction, emigration, death and despair through song and drama” Sean Donnelly said.

“The term ‘Black 47’ has been associated to the worst year (and in particular: summer) in Irish History; 1847. Regardless of how bad these times were however, this production illustrates the courage and hope that people possessed and displays the simple things in life such as morals, family, music and love and how that carried them through intolerable times”

“This play has already packed out audiences at the Marketplace Theatre before showcasing at the Waterfront Hall and Stormont so book now to avoid disappointment.”

‘Black 47’ will come at The Playhouse on Saturday 16 March at 8pm. Tickets are £11/£8 and are available from The Playhouse Box Office on (028)71268027 or online at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk.