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.


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


‘A highly moving piece of social theatre…this accounting of the reality of people’s experience has depth and intelligence, as well as a stark dramatic impact’ IRISH INDEPENDENT

‘…strong, well-judged performances…..the script skilfully and open-heartedly walks in another’s shoes.’ 4* IRISH TIMES

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.

Cast & Crew

Cast: James Doran and Vincent Higgins

Designer: Stuart Marshall

Film Maker: Conan McIvor


2016 – 2019 – Zoe Fox & Dominic Montague

2020 – 2024 – Andrew Hume & Lizzie Howard

 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


Mullagh Community Hall, Cavan. 4 November 2016

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

An Grianan, Letterkenny, 19 July 2017

Amarchlann, Gaoth Dobhair, 20 July 2017,

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

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

Tommy Makem Arts Centre, 8 February 2019

Bozar, Brussels, 13 February, 2019

International Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2 – 25 August 2019, Summer Hall Edinburgh

Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, 19 September 2022

The Ardhowen, Enniskillen, 20 September, 2022

The Old Church Centre, Cushendun, 11 May 2023

London Irish Centre, Camden 19 – 20 May 2023

Project Arts Centre, Dublin 30 May – 2 June 2023

Shorts Sports & Recreation Club, Belfast, 17 October 2023

Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, 20 October 2023

Chester Lane Library, St Helens, 25 October 2023

Performing Arts Centre, Emory University, Atlanta, 2 -3 November 2023

New York Irish Centre, 15 – 16 November 2023

St Brigid’s Center for the Arts, Ottawa, 22 – 24 November 2023

Playhouse Derry, 5 November 2016

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

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

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

Fermanagh Live, 4 October 2018, Southwest College, Fermanagh

Irish Cultural Centre, London, 13 & 14 October 2018

Lyric Theatre Belfast, 14 – 22 September, 2022

Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, 19 September 2022

The Market Place Theatre, Armagh, 21 September 2022

The Old Church Centre, Cushendun, 22 September 2022

Galway Theatre Festival, 4 – 6 May 2023, Mick Lally Theatre

Ranfurly House, Dungannon, 13 May 2023

The Court House, Antrim, 14 October 2023

The Court House, Bangor, 18 October 2023

MAC Birmingham, 24 October 2023

Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool, 26 – 28 October 2023

City Theatre, Pittsburgh, 9 – 11 November 2023

Seamus Heaney: Afterlives Conference, Boston College, 18 November 2023