Theatre of Witness will tour a brand new production to Utrecht and London for two major Peace and Reconciliation events.
‘From The Rubble', a unique, multi-media Theatre of Witness production, will premiere at St. Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London on Tuesday June 18.
The dialogue and discussion event will coincide with the 23rd anniversary of the Church being damaged by an IRA bomb in 1980.
The Playhouse Theatre of Witness Programme will then tour the production to the Utrecht Peace Conference on Thursday June 20, commemorating the city's 2013 celebration of the signing of the 1713 Peace Treaty of Utrecht. The Peace and Community Arts Conference is a two-day festival in which European artists and community activists will investigate together with colleagues from Afghanistan, Peru, Palestine, Guatemala, Rwanda, Serbia and Northern Ireland what connects them.
‘From The Rubble' is created from the true stories of men and women from Northern Ireland. Told with raw honesty and poetic insight, the performers share stories of accountability, insight, sorrow, and forgiveness. The production is created by Teya Sepinuck with original music by Brian Irvine, films by John McIlduff and Declan Keeney, and puppetry by international artist Aja Marneweck.
This original Theatre of Witness Production brings together; male and female ex-combatants, a retired British soldier, a man blown up in car bomb as a child, and the widow of one of the worst human atrocities of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Each will share their true stories on-stage.
"These six brave performers meet across great political and sectarian divides to share their journeys of violence, healing and peace building," Theatre of Witness Director Teya Sepinuck said.
"These masterfully told stories, performed by the people themselves, weave a tapestry of voices that reflect strength, courage and vulnerability."
In January 2013 Theatre of Witness took the first ever theatre performance from Northern Ireland to the European Parliament in Brussels, where the programme was held up as an example of best practice for conflict and post conflict countries throughout the world.
EU Commissioner Johannes Hanh said at the time: "Their passionate commitment and determination are truly laudable. This is why I wanted to bring their experience to Brussels. I believe other parts of the world may be able to learn from their work."
The Theatre of Witness Programme is supported by the PEACE III Programme, managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the Community Relations Council/Pobal Consortium.
Theatre of Witness' participation in the event at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London in funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland.
For more information on The Playhouse Theatre of Witness Programme visit www.theatreofwitness.org. To book a place at St Ethelburga's, please contact Susan Whitehead at firstname.lastname@example.org.