Thurs 24 to Sat 26 February 2011 at 8pm
The Chronicles of Long Kesh
Green Shoots Productions
A major hit at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival
‘Physical, loud, sweary, funny, perfectly choreographed, terrifying and still, again, funny.’ The Observer (2009)
“A vigorous, six-strong Irish cast make terrific use of chanting, roaring, boot-stomping and lusty renditions of Tamla Motown classics… this is ripping theatre.” Sunday Times
From the author of hit comedy A History of the Troubles (according to my Da) comes yet another box office hit.
The Chronicles of Long Kesh is Martin Lynch's painful, shocking and hilarious story of Northern Ireland’s infamous prison - Long Kesh - told through the eyes of prison officers, Republicans and Loyalists, a rich assortment of patriots, chancers, leaders, wives, escapers and hypochondriacs!
A huge crowd-pleaser, full of 1960’s Motown songs and wild, irreverent humour.
First performed in Belfast in January 2009, the play has gone on to celebrated runs at the Edinburgh Festival (Winner Best Ensemble, Stage Awards 2009) and London's Tricyle Theatre.
Played out at breakneck speed, and with tremendous energy, passion and wit, it tells the story of the Long Kesh/The Maze Prison from its opening in 1971 to closure in 2000. Time is marked with Motown classics, prison breaks are conducted under the cover of Smokey Robinson, and the stories are angry, devastating and, at times, hilarious.
NB: contains strong language
“An important drama, impeccably presented.” Evening Standard
“An undeniably colourful and involving piece of documentary drama performed with passion and wit.” Time Out
“A vigorous, entertaining piece… delivered with style and zest by the versatile six-strong cast, and daring to tackle some of the blackest episodes of the prison’s history with a degree of levity” Financial Times
‘Simple staging and superb performances work an unshowy magic.’ The Guardian (2009)
‘Fierce and gripping, direct from Belfast and dripping with the sound, fury and black humour of that city… played out at breakneck speed on tremendous energy … snatches of the music of the day all sung a cappella… light relief and a period touch in one winning, theatrical flourish.’ The Times (2009)