|Saturday 23rd November 8pm|
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Freedom of the City by Brian Friel
Set in Derry Northern Ireland, the play revolves around an inquiry into the shooting and relives the real events that led to the tragedy. When the police disrupt the peaceful protest, three unarmed strangers – Lily, a middle-aged mother of 11, and Michael and Skinner –two young men – take refuge from the streets, and find themselves inexplicably in the Lord Mayor’s opulent office. As the three settle in, word spreads about an “occupation” and the motley trio is transformed into a band of armed and desperate terrorists.. a fiction that is taken up by the church, the media, the army and the national balladeers, all of whom use the myth for their own diverse ends.
Brian Patrick Friel (1929- 2015))was an Irish dramatist, short story writer and founder of the Field Day Theatre Company. He had been considered one of the greatest living English-language dramatists. He has been likened to an "Irish Chekhov" and described as "the universally accented voice of Ireland"