Green & Blue

Green & Blue

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 on October 21st 2016 in Girdwood Community Hub, Belfast as part of the Belfast International Festival.

Won The Lustrum Award, Edinburgh 2019 for ‘Best Theatrical Moment’ (presented by Summerhall)

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.  

In its supremely quiet way, it represents an indictment of the current situation so searing that it’s difficult not to weep, as the action moves towards its tragic and thoughtful conclusion.


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 play was inspired by Voices from the Vault: oral histories from former Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and An Garda Síochána officers who recorded their experiences as police officers during the Irish conflict.

 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.



Mullagh Community Hall, Cavan. 4th November 2016

Eargail Arts Festival: Tuesday 18th July 2017, Colgan Hall, Carndonagh

19th July 2017, An Grianan, Letterkenny 20th July 2017, Amarchlann, Gaoth Dobhair

Feile an Phobhail, 8th & 9th August 2017, Felons.

Build Peace 2018, 29th October 2019, Ulster University, Belfast

8th February 2019, Tommy Makem Arts Centre

13th February, Bozar, Brussles

Galway Theatre Festival, 8th – 10th May 2019

Playhouse Derry. Saturday 5th November 2016

John Hewitt Summer School, 25th July 2017, Market Theatre, Armagh

Fit-Up Festival, West Cork, 31st July 2017 – Monday 7th August 2017

Across the Lines IFI Programme, February 13th 2018, Kiltyclogher Community Centre

Fermanagh Live, 4th October 2018, Southwest College, Fermanagh

13th & 14th October 2018, Irish Cultural Centre, London

International Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2nd-25th August 2019, Summer Hall Edinburgh