Derry’s Long Kesh play to tour Ireland

Scene from Over The Wire.
Scene from Over The Wire.

A unique piece of theatre commissioned for the UK City of Culture year will tour Derry, Belfast and Dublin over the coming weeks.

One of only a few pieces commissioned for the 2013 programme to tour outside of the north, ‘Over the Wire’ tells the powerful story of five men’s survival in the aftermath of the burning of Long Kesh Prison in 1974.

Produced by The Playhouse, the play has met with widespread critical acclaim.

Written by multi-award winning Irish writer Seamas Keenan, ‘Over The Wire’ will now go on tour to The MAC, Belfast and Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin in January and February 2015 with the help of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland Touring Fund.

The play follows five prisoners in Long Kesh, pitched into a world of violence, paranoia and hunger as they struggle against British soldiers, each other and their own personal demons.

The tour will be directed by Kieran Griffiths. The producer-drector said: “This is an extraordinary opportunity to build new artistic connections beyond this city during its year as City of Culture, connections that perfectly celebrates the tremendous reputation and thirst for gripping, challenging and unique theatre” Producer and Director Kieran Griffiths said.

The play returns to the Playhouse in Derry next Friday January 23rd before being staged in Dublin from January 26th to 31st and then at The MAC, Belfast from February 10th to 14th.

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