Tour announced for ‘Over the Wire’ play

A unique piece of theatre commissioned for Derry’s year as City of Culture 2013 is to tour to Belfast and Dubin.

The only piece commissioned for the City of Culture programme to tour outside of Northern Ireland, ‘Over the Wire’ tells the powerful and captivating story of five men’s survival in the aftermath of the burning of a Northern Irish prison.

Produced by The Playhouse and 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 prison, pitched into a world of violence, paranoia and hunger as they struggle against British soldiers, each other and their own personal demons.

The play’s sterling local cast, powerful yet provocative script and the unusual set, which involves audiences surrounding a bespoke Prison fencing company’s real prison cage and barbed wire meant the production was met with critical acclaim.

Producer and Director Kieran Griffiths 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.”

‘Over The Wire’ by Seamas Keenan will run at The Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin from 26th-31st January and at The MAC, Belfast from 10th-14th February.