BAFTA award winning director brings UK City of Culture to Tron!

Posted on: 7th May 2013

Over The Wire Tours to The Tron, Glasgow

A unique piece of theatre commissioned for Derry~Londonderry's UK City of Culture 2013 will tour to Glasgow this month.

The only piece commissioned for the City of Culture programme announced to tour outside of Northern Ireland, ‘Over the Wire' tells the powerful and captivating story of five men's survival in the aftermath of the burning of a Northern Irish prison.

Produced by The Playhouse and directed by BAFTA award winning Film and TV director Kenny Glenaan, this powerful and captivating play was met with critical acclaim when it opened in Derry~Londonderry in January, described by critics as "exceptional", "gripping" and "powerful yet provocative".

Written by multi award winning Irish writer Seamas Keenan, ‘Over The Wire' will now go on tour to The Tron Theatre, Glasgow for its acclaimed political theatre festival ‘Mayfesto' from Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 May.

The play follows five prisoners in Long Kesh prison, pitched into a world of violence, paranoia and hunger as they struggle against British soldiers, each other and their own personal demons, and launched the 2013 programme of events for Derry~ Londonderry's Playhouse, one of Ireland's leading Award Winning multi-disciplinary Community Art Resource Centres.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity to build new artistic connections beyond this city during its year as City of Culture, connections that perfectly celebrates two cities' tremendous reputation and thirst for theatre" Playhouse Theatre Producer Kieran Griffiths said.

" ‘Mayfesto' celebrates theatre with an edge, astonishing theatre that fearlessly explores personal responses to global, social and political issues. ‘Over the Wire' perfectly complements this agenda as a play that explores universal themes in a very real and honest way, it's not just about the extraordinary story of five men's survival during the burning of Long Kesh, it's about how normal men respond when placed under extreme stress, hunger and cold."

Culture Company chief cultural programmer Graeme Farrow said: "‘Over The Wire' is one of the success stories of 2013 so far and it is appropriate that it should find a wider audience outside of the city. I'm sure audiences in Glasgow will find it every bit as impressive as those in Derry~Londonderry did in January. An important part of the 2013 programme is the legacy that it creates and to have a production taken to Scotland in this way exemplifies that."


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