With support from PEACE III, the Irish Football Association present a unique ‘Football for All' event entitled 'A Game of Two Halves'.
The event combines two plays by writer and sports journalist Padraig Coyle, followed by a post-show discussion, which will be led by well-known local facilitator Eamonn Baker. The leading roles will be played by three top notch Northern Ireland actors including James Doran, Vincent Higgins and Stephen Kelly.
The evening kicks off with ‘Lish and Gerry at The Shrine', a drama about two legendary figures in Irish football, who meet up again on the other side of the grave. Elisha Scott - known universally as Lish - was the highly respected manager of Belfast Celtic throughout the club's most successful years. In 1949, he led the team on its farewell tour to America and presided over its controversial disappearance from the Irish League. Gerry Morgan was a Linfield man through and through. At the time, he was a rare creature - a Catholic from Belfast's Carrick Hill, who played for the club for many years before becoming Linfield and Northern Ireland's trainer and sponge man.
They come together to mull over old times, gossip about famous characters, rake up old squabbles and generally put the world to rights. James Doran and Vincent Higgins will reprise their highly praised portrayals of, respectively, Lish and Gerry.
We will then see, the premiere of ‘Lexi', a new piece. Its central character needs no introduction to Derry audiences. Alex Moore is a footballing legend in his home town. He played for Derry City, Glenavon and was invited to replace star striker Jimmy Jones on Belfast Celtic's American tour, when he scored a goal in the famous defeat of Scotland. On stage, actor Stephen Kelly will step into Lexi's shoes, inviting audiences to take a trip down memory lane into his fascinating personal life and sporting career.
There are limited spaces, for the evening so we encourage you to book your seat with Sarah Keys on firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon Tuesday 10th December 2013.
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