New Theatre of Witness production “a vital contribution to healing and reconciliation”

Posted on: 30th October 2012


"The most powerful, moving, honest piece of theatre I have ever seen."

New Theatre of Witness Production begins tour


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A sold out Playhouse Theatre of Witness production has opened to an audience who described the ground breaking performances as "a vital contribution to healing and reconciliation in Northern Ireland".

Described as a production that "leveled the hierarchy of victimhood and crossed the barriers between ‘them and us'", the new production ‘Release' opened at The Playhouse last week.

The project is performed and created with six men who have each played a different role in Northern Ireland's troubled past. Each one shares the true story about their lives during the Troubles and beyond, discovering extraordinary connections of their shared history.

Audiences heard the evocative stories of 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. In the production each shared his own journeys of reconciliation, redemption and healing.

The Playhouse Theatre of Witness project gives voice to those whose stories have not been heard in society. ‘Release' is the third Theatre of Witness Production, written and directed by Theatre of Witness founder Teya Sepinuck, and is a glimpse into some of these more private, hidden and untold stories of men.

The production has now begun its tour of Northern Ireland and the Border counties. The production will return to Derry/Londonderry to finish the tour at the Waterside Theatre on Sunday November 18 at 8pm.

"Release opened a space where people could safely listen to the ‘other'. Hearing the stories of such a wide variety of men affected by the troubles allowed audience members to hear a new perspective, as well as perhaps getting in touch with their own stories. After each performance moved and inspired audience members stayed to both connect with the performers and each other reflecting on what is a unique collective healing experience" said Project co-ordinator Emma Stuart.

The production continues to tour throughout November. Tickets for Theatre of Witness' ‘Release' are free, several dates have sold out and so booking is essential. Contact The Playhouse on (028)71268027 for tour dates and venues.

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.




Audience Reflections



"The most powerful, moving, honest piece of theatre I have ever seen."


"Thank you for showing me that I can move on and forgive."


"Beautifully dark. It must tour and tour again."


"An evocative and provocative portrayal of pain, suffering and testimony to human spirit to survive, endure and transcend. Each story portrayed an aspect of suffering in NI that when presented ‘together' in this very powerful way - leveled the hierarchy of victimhood and crossed the barrios between ‘them and us'. A vital contribution to healing and reconciliation."


"A powerful insight to men at war."


"Everyone needs to see this performance."


"I heard stories and perspectives I never knew before and am moved by them."


"Many generations will be affected by the Troubles but forgiveness has to start somewhere. May your work and performances go from strength to strength."


"Incredible performance. It took a lot of bravery to share such visceral stories with us this evening. It was amazing."





Tour dates


Thurs 25- Sat 27 Oct Playhouse Theatre, Derry/Londonderry 8pm

Tuesday 30th Oct Riverside Theatre, Coleraine 8pm

Sunday 4th Nov The Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo 8pm

Tuesday 6th Nov The Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn 8pm

Thursday 8th Nov TheBardic, Donaghmore 8pm

Friday 9th Nov Waterfront Hall, Belfast 8pm

Monday 12th Nov The Braid Theatre, Ballymena 7.30pm

Tuesday 13th Nov The Brian Friel Theatre, Queens 7.30pm

Wed 14th Nov The Brian Friel Theatre Queens 8pm

Sun 18th Nov Waterside Theatre, Derry/Londonderry 8pm


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