Green & Blue explores the painful and humorous realities faced by the individuals who patrolled the border during the height of the conflict. It had its World Premier at An Táin, Dundalk, on Thursday 3rd November.
Written by Laurence McKeown and directed by Paula McFetridge, the play is based on an oral archive of serving Royal Ulster Constabulary and An Garda Síochána officers, the title reflects the colour of both uniforms.
This production fuses theatre and film to look at the person behind the uniform and the different experiences of two individuals on either side of a man-made line on the ground.
Each performance was followed by a post-show discussion with playwright Laurence McKeown, Republican ex-prisoner and former hunger striker, and Kabosh Artistic Director Paula McFetridge.
Cast & Crew
Cast: James Doran and Vincent Higgins
Producers: Zoe Fox & Dominic Montague
Film Maker: Conan McIvor
Designer: Stuart Marshall
“A drama of substantial insight and revelation… a life affirming celebration of the end of the dark days of a hard border” The Reviews Hub
“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
Voices from the Vault is the Oral Archive that came out of this project. Assisted by Arts Ekta in the development of Story-Telling Toolkit.
This project sets out to collect the oral histories from former Royal Ulster Constabulary (George Cross) (RUC(GC)) Officers and former An Garda Siochana officers to record their experiences as police officers during the conflict in and about Northern Ireland (better known as ‘The Troubles’)
You can find out more here