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Sam's play was a painful lesson

Published 31/03/2010

Fifty years ago, along with more than 40,000 others, I was privileged to see Sam Thompson's play Over the Bridge, put on by a brave cast after the Establishment had tried to ban it. Last week I was very moved by a fine new production of the drama.

If the powers-that-be had heeded his warnings of the evil effects of sectarianism we might have been spared years of violence.

The present, excellent revival of the play is a timely reminder that we still have a long way to go to produce a society free from religious and racial intolerance.

MARGARET MARSHALL

Belfast

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