UK City of Culture Legacy drama on tour!

Posted on: 13th January 2015


January and February 2015

Special Pre-Tour performance announced before stand out city of culture production hits the road!

A special pre-tour performance of 'Over The Wire' will be held in The Playhouse Derry~Londonderry before the City of Culture 2013 smash hit tours to Belfast and Dublin.

The unique piece of theatre commissioned for The Playhouse's Derry~Londonderry's UK City of Culture 2013 programme will tour to The MAC, Belfast and Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin in January and February 2015.

One of the only pieces commissioned for the City of Culture programme to tour outside of Northern Ireland, ‘Over the Wire' by multi award winning Irish writer Seamas Keenan,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 director Kenny Glenaan, this powerful and captivating play was met with critical acclaim in 2013, described by critics as "exceptional", "gripping" and "powerful yet provocative".

‘Over The Wire' will now go on tour to The MAC, Belfast and Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin in January and February under the direction of Playhosue Producer and Director Kieran Griffiths.

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 Theatre and Art Resource Centres.

The play's sterling local cast, powerful yet provocative script and the unusual set, which involves audiences surrounding a bespoke Prison fencing company's real prison cage and barbed wire meant the production was met with critical acclaim, welcomed as an "impressive calling card" from the city (The Scotsman).

"This is an extraordinary opportunity to build new artistic connections beyond this city during its year as City of Culture, connections that perfectly celebrates the tremendous reputation and thirst for gripping, challenging and unique theatre" Producer and Director Kieran Griffiths said.

" ‘Over the Wire' is 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."

'Over The Wire' by Seamas Keenan will run at The Playhouse on Friday January 23 for one night only (CLICK HERE or contact (0)28 71268027 to book).before touring to The Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin from January 26- 31 2015 (CLICK HERE or contact (00353)01-6770014 to book) and at The MAC, Belfast from 10 to 14 February 2015 (CLICK HERE or contact (0)28 9023 5053 to book).


"A GRIPPING, brutal, at times bleakly funny exploration of institutionalism and paranoia" THE SCOTSMAN

"short, sharp and sometimes shocking, with Keenan's script illustrating the pains of confinement with a gimlet-eyed lack of sentimentality devastatingly portrayed by a fine ensemble cast" **** THE HERALD

‘...the production was exceptional... powerful yet provocative... the audience was hooked from the moment they stepped into the unique theatre setting...' **** BELFAST TELEGRAPH

"Keenan's fine line in black comedy shines through the grimness, in what is a powerful and gripping production." Scottish Television (

"‘Over The Wire' is perhaps the most captivating theatre commissions Derry has hosted in recent years" Derry Journal

"a play that looks beyond questions of justification and the rights and wrongs of the Northern Irish conflict, to explore instead the loneliness and despair of the individual, caught in a particular moment of history". Irish Theatre Magazine

"Shook the audience off their seats...Such was the calibre of the acting, writing, directing and production....Over The Wire is a must see for anyone interested in modern Irish History" Irish News



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