Drama depicts friendship between RUC widow and republican

A play about a friendship between a Sinn Féin activist and an RUC widow, written by former IRA hungerstriker Laurence McKeown, will be performed at The Playhouse on Saturday, January 30 at 8pm.

‘Those You Pass on the Street,’ explores the complexities of dealing with the legacy of conflict and 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’.

The play follows the story of an RUC widow called Elizabeth who is experiencing anti-social behaviour in her street. She goes into a Sinn Féin office and meets Frank, who promises to look into it.

They strike up a friendship to the dismay and apprehension of Elizabeth’s sister-in-law, and Frank’s colleague. Frank and Elizabeth’s friendship challenges not only their personal preconceptions and beliefs but also those of their family members and friends.

The performance prompts the audience to think about their own beliefs, political stance, prejudices, and to see other perspectives

Kabosh Artistic Director, Paula McFetridge says: “Kabosh believes strongly in the positive use of theatre within conflict resolution. We regularly prove that theatre allows us to ask the difficult questions, challenge stereotypes and sectarianism, interrogate preconceptions of victims, survivors,

perpetrators, and create a platform for informed discussion.”

The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion.

Tickets for the performance are priced at £5 and can be booked in advance by visiting www.derryplayhouse.co.uk or by telephone on 028 7126 8027