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The family business making a drama of centenary

A family-owned shop is celebrating a century in business in Londonderry with a unique dramatic performance on the premises.

McLaughlin and Sons Hardware in the city's William Street has been a fixture of Derry life for generations and even survived being badly damaged in the Troubles.

The performance of the work, McLaughlins 100, by local playwright Dave Duggan, dramatises incidents and stories from over the past 100 years of the family business through the all-seeing magic eye of Red Maisie, played by Sorcha Shanahan. She presents the future to James McLaughlin, played by Gary Crossan, on his first day in his new business.

The actors plan to bring their audience back to 1913 with a series of performances throughout today and the drama will also be filmed by a production crew.

This novel approach to the shop's 100th anniversary is produced by Bluebell Arts Project and Blue Eagle Productions and supported by the Arts Council.

Admission to each 30-minute standing performance is strictly by ticket only and there is a limit of 20 people per show. Tickets cost £5 and are available in the store.

Performance times are 3pm, 5pm, 7pm and 9pm.

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