FOLLOWING their great success with Patrick Galvin’s play, We Do It For Love, last March, the Patrician Players have announced that they will be performing The Freedom of the City by Brian Friel, beginning next week.
The Friel production will be staged at the Patrician Hall in Carrickmore, on Wednesday 20, Thursday 21, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February.
Whilst Galvin’s play reflected life during the Troubles in Belfast in the mid- 1970s this year’s production shifts the focus to the streets of Derry and a tragic event in the Guildhall in 1970.
The Freedom of the City was written in the aftermath of Bloody Sunday.
In this work Friel examines the lives of three ordinary people caught up in a Civil Rights march and thrown together by circumstance. It is by turns humorous and tragic, sharp and tender.
The Patrician Players are a community theatre group and the actors, crew and musicians have put their own stamp on this play.
Among the cast are Pat McCallan, Enda McCrory, Caroline Slane, Mary McElduff, James Dobbs, Bernie O’Brien, Pat McGaughey, Peter Hughes, Seamus McCallan, Enda McGurk, Shaneen Canavan, Damien McCaskie and John Athony Corey.
Production is by Declan Forde, admission is £10 and the show commences at 8pm. The play is not suitable for children.
The Patrician is committed to the extension of arts education and appreciation through workshops and seminars, school and community outreach events and adult enrichment programs.
Complementing this year’s production, The Patrician is hosting a discussion event on Friday 22 February 2013 : ‘Civil Rights? – a generation on’.
This free event will start in The Patrician at 8pm sharp.
It is suitable for students who are studying History, Sociology, Politics or anyone interested in the area of Civil Rights.
This event will include a short presentation by John Kelly from the Bloody Sunday Trust on iconic images from Bloody Sunday.
This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring a number of commentators who will examine Civil Rights’ issues from the 1960s until the present day.
The event aims to develop and stimulate understanding of the Civil Rights agenda by enhancing awareness of the issues and challenges in building a society where all citizens have equality.
The panel will be chaired by Darach MacDonald, Author and Journalist, Former Editor of the Ulster Herald, and other special guests include: John Kelly (Education and Outreach Officer, Bloody Sunday Trust) ; Eamon Baker (Co-ordinator of The Junction, Derry) Jean Hegarty (Administrator, Free Derry Museum) and Irish News Columnists Roy Garland and Patrick Murphy.
If you would like to find out more or would like to register your interest in attending one of the play nights or discussion event contact the Patrician by calling (0) 28 8076 0011 or by emailing the Patrician on: firstname.lastname@example.org