Green & Blue Vincent Higgens and James Doranand

Green & Blue

Green & Blue explores the painful and humorous realities faced by the individuals who patrolled the border during the height of the conflict.

Written by Laurence McKeown, Directed by Paula McFetridge

An officer from the Royal Ulster Constabulary in his green uniform and Eddie from An Garda Síochána, resplendent in blue, communicate via crackly radios until an explosive incident forces them to meet across a field only farmers know the location of.

Focusing on what it’s like to be hunted when you’re protecting a man-made line on the ground, the play looks at the societal and human cost of borders.

Green & Blue is based on real-life interviews with former serving officers.

Winner of The Lustrum Award for Best Theatrical Moment at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe

Upcoming Performances

The Court House, AntrimSaturday 14 OctoberBook Now
Shorts Sports & Recreation Club, East BelfastTuesday 17 OctoberBook Now
The Court House, Bangor Wednesday 18 OctoberBook Now
Down Arts Centre, DownpatrickFriday 20 OctoberBook Now
MAC Birmingham, Tuesday 24 OctoberBook Now
Chester Lane Library, St Helens Wednesday 25 OctoberBook Now
Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool26 – 28 October Book Now
Performing Arts Centre, Emory University, Atlanta2 NovemberBook Now
Performing Arts Centre, Emory University, Atlanta3 NovemberBook Now
City Theatre, Pittsburgh9 – 11 NovemberBook Now
New York Irish Centre 15 – 16 November Book Now
Seamus Heaney: Afterlives Conference, Boston College Saturday 18 NovemberSee More
St Brigid’s Center for the Arts, Ottawa 22 – 24 November Book Now

See all previous performances since 2016 here.

Cast & Crew

Cast: James Doran & Vincent Higgins

Technical Stage Manager: Stephen Quinn

Film Maker: Conan McIvor

Designer: Stuart Marshall

Costume Designer: Liz Cullinane

Movement Director: Sandy Cuthbert

Producer: Andrew Hume

Assistant Producer: Lizzie Howard

Paula McFetridge’s bold yet delicate production teases out the humanity behind the uniforms, the trust and distrust.  The terror and brutalities are palpable, but there are many moments of humour, and many more of understanding and empathy, as Higgins and Doran, in strong, well judged performances, Communicate initially on crackly radios across the invisible Border in a field. – Deirdre Falvey – Irish Times

A highly moving peice of social theatre… This accounting of the reality of people’s experience has depth and intelligence, as well as a stark dramatic impact.  Its understanding and insight provides a certain balm for this troubled subject. Katy Hayes – Irish Independent

Higgins and Doran give engaging performances as the men unable to cross a line that only wise men and farmers can see. It’s a simple but effective way of exploring two sides of one conflict. – BELFAST TELEGRAPH

 ‘A drama of substantial insight and revelation… a life affirming celebration of the end of the dark days of a hard border…’ –REVIEWS HUB

This production is funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Culture Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund.