Green & Blue

Green & Blue

Past Performances

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 **** The SCOTSMAN

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

‘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.’**** IRISH TIMES

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

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

Stage Manager: Caitlin Hunter

Movement Director: Sandy Cuthbert

Film Maker: Conan McIvor

Production Manager: Stephen Quinn

Costume Designer: Liz Cullinane


2016 – 2019 – Zoe Fox & Dominic Montague

2020 – 2023 – Andrew Hume & Lizzie Howard


Mullagh Community Hall, Cavan. 4 November 2016

Eargail Arts Festival: Colgan Hall, Carndonagh, 8 July 2017

An Grianan, Letterkenny, 19 July 2017

Amarchlann, Gaoth Dobhair, 20 July 2017,

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

Fermanagh Live, Southwest College, Fermanagh, 4 October 2018

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

Bozar, Brussels, 13 February, 2019

Lyric Theatre Belfast, 14 – 22 September, 2022

The Ardhowen, Enniskillen, 20 September, 2022

The Old Church Centre, Cushendun, 22 September 2022

Divadlo Inspirace, Prague Fringe Festival, 27 Septmber – 1 October 2022

Ranfurly House, Dungannon, 13 May 2023

Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 30 May – 2 June 2023

The Playhouse, Derry, 5 November 2016

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

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

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

Irish Cultural Centre, London, 13 & 14 October 2018

Tommy Makem Arts Centre, 8 February 2019

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

Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, 19 September 2022

The Market Place Theatre, Armagh, 21 September 2022

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

The Old Church Centre, Cushendun, 11 May 2023

London Irish Centre, Camden, 19 – 20 May 2023