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2020: Two young people trespass into an old abandoned church where they are confronted by the ghosts of 1920's East Belfast. 'Unholy War', a new play by local historian Philip Orr recounts an often blackly humorous tale of how our past has shaped our present. A Community Relations Council NI part funded project open to anyone who wants to take part
1920s Northern Ireland was a volatile place. The period included the murder of many hundreds of people, widespread rioting, indiscriminate sniper attacks, shipyard evictions and huge population shifts. These events were linked to seismic political change including the establishment of the state of Northern Ireland. The events of the time have been described as 'the first troubles' and, in many respects, set sectarian attitudes and themes that established a platform for subsequent troubles right up to the present day. Working from newspaper reports of the time, archive material and published historical works, Philip Orr has written an even handed and brutally honest account dealing with events of the period.
- Held a very successful sign up night on Thursday 5th March @ 7.30:
- Sunday 8th March, 2.00: Held a guided walking tour of the Short Strand area
- Sunday 15th March @ 2.00. Held a walking tour of the Mountpottinger area with historian and researcher, Peter McCabe
- Agreed with our partners the Community Relations Council NI to film the production and perform live at a later date
- March 2020: The project went on line!
- 29th March 2020: On line ZOOM reading of Phil Orr;s script. WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW!
- Watch this space for further news of the film and future performance dates!
On 8th April 2020 the BUDCo 'Unholy War' cast held a discussion on the themes of the play and the lessons we might learn from events that happened 100 years ago in East Belfast and in Ireland as a whole. The cast were joined by the author of the play, local historian and dramatist, Philip Orr.
We join the Zoom discussion as everyone is introducing themselves
This production has received support from the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council which aims to promote a pluralist society characterised by equity, respect for diversity, and recognition of interdependence. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Community Relations Council.