Those you pass on the Street

Those you pass on the Street

First produced in 2014 “it is a sophisticated piece about how Northern Ireland deals with the past” (Connal Par, Inventing the Myth: Oxford University Press 2017)

‘Important we pass on truth – a truth that doesn’t breed bitterness – we have to stop passing on the legacy of our contested past to young people’

Audience member

Cast & Crew

Writer:  Laurence McKeown

Director: Paula McFetridge

Cast: Vincent Higgins, Laura Hughes, Paul Kennedy and Carol Moore

Since 2014 new cast members have been: Gerard Jordan, Ciaran Nolan and Paula McFetridge

Set Designer: Elle Kent

Production Manager: Elaine Barnes

LX/SX Designer: James Kennedy

Stage Mananger: Noleen Stevenson

“I would have described myself, before this play as someone who wasn’t affected by the Troubles, but now I realise I was, thank you”

Audience Member

Elizabeth walks into a Sinn Fein constituency office seeking assistance regarding anti-social behaviour in her area. Frank takes her details and promises to look into it. He later learns she is the widow of an RUC man killed by the IRA, and is warned to tread carefully. This brief encounter poses challenges for personal preconceptions and beliefs, straining family and political loyalties.

Those You Pass on the Street explores the complexities of dealing with the legacy of conflict, especially when that conflict is localised and personal. It contrasts party political positioning with individual needs. It challenges the view that any mechanism for dealing with the past is simply about ‘whose side gets what’.

Those You Pass on the Street was commissioned by Healing Through Remembering.

Cast in Rwanda


October 2019: Carrickfergus Town Hall, Hannahstown Community Centre Belfast, Playhouse Derry

January / February 2018: Longstone GAA, Agape Centre Belfast as part of the 4 Corners Festival, Roe Valley Arts Centre Limavady

August 2016: Fit-Up Festival, West Cork – Island Cottage Gallery Heir Island, Community Hall Kilcrohane, Community Centre Timoleague, Community Hall Baltimore, LectureTheatre (CampChurch) Rerrin Bere Island, and Community Hall Ballydehob; and Féile an Phobhail in the Culturlainn Belfast

February 2016: Fit Up Festival, Blackwater Valley, East Cork  – KGK Community Hall Knockanore, Community Hall Ballyduff, Community Centre Castlelyons, The Mall Arts Centre Youghal and Palace Theatre Fermoy.  

November 2018: Arts in Action Festival NUIG Galway

February 2017: Girdwood Community Hub Belfast and SW Technical College Enniskillen

June / July 2016: Carnlough Heritage Centre, Lyric Theatre, Short Strand Community Centre, Ubumuntu Arts Festival Kigali, Rwanda and Grahamstown International Arts Festival, South Africa

March 2015: The Braid Ballymena, Waterside Theatre Derry, Navan Centre Armagh, Brian Friel Theatre Belfast