Play focuses on RUC widow-SF rep friendship

Some of the cast from 'Those You Pass On the Street' on stage. (Photo John Baucher).

Some of the cast from 'Those You Pass On the Street' on stage. (Photo John Baucher).

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Kabosh Theatre Company will this weekend present a groundbreaking play exploring the legacy of the Troubles and the needs of local people.

‘Those You Pass on the Street’ will be staged at The Playhouse in Derry on Saturday January 30, at 8pm.

The play explores the complexities of dealing with the legacy of conflict and contrasts party political positioning with individual needs.

It also aims to challenge the view that any mechanism for dealing with the past is simply about ‘whose side gets what’.

The play follows the story of an RUC widow called Elizabeth, who is experiencing anti-social behaviour in her street. She goes into a Sinn Fein office and meets Frank, who promises to look into it. The two strike up a friendship, to the dismay and apprehension of Elizabeth’s sister-in-law, and Frank’s colleague.

Frank and Elizabeth’s friendship challenges not only their personal preconceptions and beliefs but also those of their family members and friends. The performance prompts the audience to think about their own beliefs, political stance and prejudices.

Kabosh Artistic Director, Paula McFetridge said: “Kabosh believes strongly in the positive use of theatre within conflict resolution. We regularly prove that theatre allows us to ask the difficult questions, challenge stereotypes and sectarianism, interrogate preconceptions of victims, survivors, perpetrators, and create a platform for informed discussion.”

The play will be followed by a post-show discussion. Tickets (£5) and can be booked at www.derryplayhouse.co.uk or by phone on 028 7126 8027.