Chronicles of Long Kesh

Mon 15 Mar 2010 – Sat 17 Apr 2010

by Martin Lynch

Smash Hit of the Edinburgh Festival 2009!

“An important drama, impeccably presented.” Evening Standard

“A vigorous, six-strong Irish cast make terrific use of chanting, roaring, boot-stomping and lusty renditions of Tamla Motown classics… this is ripping theatre.” Sunday Times

“An evening combining skilled ensemble acting with powerful individual performances.” Ham & High

“A vigorous, entertaining piece… delivered with style and zest by the versatile six-strong cast, and daring to tackle some of the blackest episodes of the prison’s history with a degree of levity” Financial Times

“An undeniably colourful and involving piece of documentary drama performed with passion and wit.” Time Out

Simple staging and superb performances work an unshowy magic.’ The Guardian (2009)

  ‘Fierce and gripping, direct from Belfast and dripping with the sound, fury and black humour of that city… played out at breakneck speed on tremendous energy … snatches of the music of the day all sung a cappella… light relief and a period touch in one winning, theatrical flourish.’ The Times (2009)

‘Physical, loud, sweary, funny, perfectly choreographed, terrifying and still, again, funny.’ The Observer (2009)

Written by Northern Ireland’s celebrated playwright Martin Lynch, the painful, shocking and hilarious story of Northern Ireland’s infamous prison – Long Kesh – told through the eyes of prison officers, Republicans and Loyalists, a rich assortment of patriots, chancers, leaders, wives, escapers and hypochondriacs!
A huge crowd-pleaser, full of 1960’s Motown songs and wild, irreverent humour.

Cast includes Billy Clarke, Jo Donnelly, Chris Corrigan, Marty Maguire, Marc O’Shea and Andy Moore

Creatives include Lisa May and Martin Lynch (Directors), David Craig (Designer), Paul Boyd (Music Director) and Conleth White (Lighting Designer)