Unholy War: A 1920's East Belfast ghost story!

Children build a barricade - 1920, Belfast

1920 to 1922: Unholy War in Belfast

1920 to 1922: Unholy War in Belfast

1920 to 1922: Unholy War in Belfast

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 




Belfast City Centre trams, 1920

Belfast in the 1920s

1920 to 1922: Unholy War in Belfast

1920 to 1922: Unholy War in Belfast

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.

Entrance to The Little Theatre

'Unholy War': The story so far

1920 to 1922: Unholy War in Belfast

'Unholy War': The story so far



- 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!

'Unholy War' is sponsored by

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The Community Relations Council

  

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.