'Scenes From An Inquiry' by Dave Duggan will be a headline event to mark 25 years of Sole Purpose and also the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
A powerful play which captures the emotional impact of Bloody Sunday and the experiences of family members and witnesses during The Saville Inquiry. The play was first produced in 2002 to mark the 30th Anniversary in partnership with the Bloody Sunday families and the Bloody Sunday Trust. Dave Duggan subsequently wrote a radio drama version, which was broadcast on RTE Radio 1.
The production is directed by Kat Woods who is currently under commission with the MAC, Tinderbox Theatre and the Abbey Theatre. The stellar cast includes: Caoimhe Farren (The Ferryman, West End, Derry Girls, This Way Up, Doctors), Nicky Harley (Tinderbox Theatre, the MAC, the Lyric), and Michael Johnston (Bruiser, Big Telly, the MAC).
The performances will be followed by a Q&A with the writer.
This will be a highly engaging and poignant night at the theatre.
This show will also be broadcast live on Friday 18th February, 2022 and available to book or watch back for 7 days.
Dave Duggan says, “The play is a poetic evocation of Bloody Sunday. I wrote it after sitting in the gallery of the Guildhall. What struck me was the dissonance between the legal language of the lawyers and the emotional language of the witnesses. Any time the witnesses said something about the emotional impact it was shut down very promptly with a dry legal phrase. I wanted to write something that would affect people on an emotional level, capture the spirit and experiences people were having.
“One of the key things for agreeing on the revival was the need to address the legacy of theTickets: Troubles. There are loads of families out there with unresolved issues over the conflict and the State is in the process of shutting all processes down. Matters of legacy are still live. Those wanting answers include RUC widows and people killed by various paramilitary groups or by state forces so this play is about legacy and how do you approach it. I’m suggesting what we need to bring is empathy and imagination. Also it’s a good night at the theatre, it’s about entertainment and engagement. It’s an emotionally strong piece of work.”