Monday 9 September 2013 at 7pm in The Playhouse
Thursday 12 September at 7pm in Brian Friel Theatre
Everyone has a past; but should they be defined by it? The legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland weighs heavily on many of those who experienced it. The pain and loss is as relevant today as it was 30 years ago. The act of remembering itself can be a difficult and dangerous journey. The documentary film 'Release' shot and directed by Declan Keeney explores the life stories of six remarkable men, told in their own words and in their own way through an original Theatre of Witness production of the same name which toured Northern Ireland and the Border Counties in 2012. The film explores themes of forgiveness, remembering and the pain of living with our ever present past.
With great courage and conviction, a former RUC detective, a former Prison Governor, a former British soldier, two ex-prisoners and a community activist who survived a car bomb as a child come together across the sectarian divide to create a group of men working for peace. Their journey is at times heart-breaking, extraordinary, breathtakingly brave but ultimately transformational. It is a story of survival, but most importantly it is their story and in their own words.
Kathryn Stone, OBE, Commissioner for Victims and Survivors Northern Ireland, has said of the documentary "This film is so much more than a documentary of how this all came together. It is an elegiac poem about the nature of interconnectedness, about suffering, about finding peace with one another and within yourself. "
Theatre of Witness is a unique form of performance created by its founder and artistic director, Teya Sepinuck, in which the stories of those who have been marginalised in society are performed by the storytellers themselves. The performances are created and performed by the people who have directly experienced the issues being explored, putting a face and a heart to societal issues of suffering and transformation. It's this extraordinary work on which the film is based.
The film will premiere at The Playhouse on Monday 9 September at 7pm, Pat Colgan the Chief Executive of SEUPB will be guest speaker at this prestigious event. The film will then be shown in Belfast's Brian Friel Theatre on Thursday September 12 at 7pm where the Commissioner for Victims and Survivors, Kathyrn Stone, OBE will be a guest speaker. Tickets for both events are free and can be booked through The Playhouse box office on 028 7126 8027.
The Theatre of Witness project is supported by the PEACE III Programme, managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the Community Relations Council and Pobal Consortium.