PERFORMED AT THE GUILDHALL
A major new musical drama to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
Beyond Belief will present John Hume’s life and his odyssey for peace, the right to decent life, and the right to hope.
While he has been described as a “Titan”, a “Giant” and a “Hero” of peace-making and reconciliation, Beyond Belief, in its words and music, will reach for the man: the man who achieved all he did not glibly, without struggle or alone, but as a human being; a human being just like the rest of us.
In re-presenting John Hume, his life and his mission – a mission never fettered by shibboleth, dogma or fossilised tenet – Beyond Belief will seek to inspire through words, music, song.
The anniversary performance on 7th April 2023 will be broadcast live and available to stream for 7 days afterwards.
The second part of a peacebuilding trilogy, following the phenomenal success of The White Handkerchief, which premiered in the Guildhall on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, 30 January 2022.
Book and lyrics: Damian Gorman
Music: Brian O’Doherty
Producer and Director: Kieran Griffiths
Damian Gorman- Writer
Damian Gorman is a poet and playwright born and reared in Northern Ireland, now living in Wales. His work has garnered awards as diverse as a Better Ireland Award and an MBE, a Golden Harp and a BAFTA. For more than 30 years he has also worked with other people on their stories. In the mid 1990s he was founding director of An Crann/The Tree, a project which worked to "help people tell, and hear, the stories of the Troubles" through the arts. More recently he worked for almost 10 years with young Israelis and Palestinians on the ground-breaking Olive Tree project, using writing and story-telling as tools of dialogue and understanding. Damian has been appointed a fellow of the Oxford Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights.
Brian O’ Doherty- Composer
After graduating from the Royal Academy of music in composition and classical guitar. Brian toured Europe and the Americas extensively. Currently he divides his time between London and Sydney where he is active as a composer and performer in a myriad of musical genres. He has collaborated with The Playhouse on several occasions, including composing and orchestrations for the Playhouse’s recent production The White Handkerchief.
Kieran Griffiths- Director and Producer, The Playhouse
Kieran Griffiths is The Playhouse’s Director and Producer. Kieran joined The Playhouse team in 2012 in preparation for Derry.Londonderry’s City of Culture year producing and directing 13 critically acclaimed productions in 2013. He has since gone on to implement The Playhouse’s legacy strategy, creating new work and touring important theatre around the island of Ireland.