Belfast Telegraph

Play marks anniversary of Bloody Sunday

By Brendan McDaid

A dramatic production centring on victims’ accounts of the Bloody Sunday campaign is set to be staged in Londonderry to mark the 40th anniversary.

Entitled Heroes With Their Hands In The Air, it portrays the families and victims’ own accounts of the relentless battle to vindicate their loved ones and themselves during the longest legal proceedings in UK history.

Adapted from the book, The Bloody Sunday Inquiry: The Families Speak Out, by Belfast Telegraph columnist Eamonn McCann, the play presents a powerful interpretation of loss alongside the pursuit of justice.

Produced by local theatre company, Fahy Productions, the new play will be the first on Bloody Sunday to be performed publicly since the conclusion of the Saville Inquiry.

A special performance will take place at 8pm on Monday, January 30, the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. This will be followed by a special matinee the following day at 4pm.

A question and answer session will be held after the matinee performance.

The play includes a range of individual responses to what happened from 1972 until now and how their exposure in the media spotlight threatened their journey.

The all-star local cast performing in the play include Belfast’s Liam Green, alongside Derry actors Amanda Doherty and Micky Kelly, Omagh-based actor Pat McGaughey and Donegal’s Louise Conaghan.

“This will be a poignant and moving commemoration of Bloody Sunday,” said Pauline Ross, director and founder of The Playhouse.

The Ballymurphy Massacre Campaign and Reflections On Interment exhibitions will also tour with the production.

Performances will also take place on Friday, February 3 and Saturday 4 at 8pm. Visit www.derryplayhouse.co.uk for details.

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