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Coleraine to host poignant Holocaust play

Playwright Jane Coyle at home with husband Padraig who is also a playwright
Playwright Jane Coyle at home with husband Padraig who is also a playwright
Adrian Rutherford

By Adrian Rutherford

An award-winning play telling the story of young love in wartime Europe is coming to Coleraine as part of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations.

The suitcase, by Jane Coyle, will be staged at the Riverside Theatre on February 7.

Set between 1930s Vienna and modern day Belfast, it tells the fictional story of Leo and Galina.

The tale of two young people, caught up in the dark events of 1930s Europe, illustrates the way in which the Holocaust was made up of millions of small, individual tragedies.

Mayor Brenda Chivers said: "This plays tells a very powerful story and we are delighted to help bring it to Coleraine for a local audience to enjoy as we remember the tragedy of the Holocaust. I hope the story will highlight how outcomes can be positively different if we switch our focus to living and working together."

The Suitcase premiered in the Belfast synagogue during the 2015 Belfast International Arts Festival and won the Belfast Telegraph Audience Award.

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