CRAFT the arts and cultural organisation based at the Hub in the Rosemount Factory are pleased to be hosting the drama ‘Green and Blue’ written by former hunger striker Laurence McKeown and produced by Paula McFetridge.

The play is being delivered as part of a series of events in a programme that commenced with the play ‘Factory Girls’ last year and included ‘Hillsborough’, outlining the investigation of the disaster involving Liverpool supporters and ‘They Wore the Blanket’ that included an exhibition of clothing made using a blanket from the H-Blocks and accompanied by a panel discussion involving Lawrence McKeown, Raymond McCartney, Brian Dougherty and Martin Snodden from Belfast who spoke about their experiences of the Hunger Strikes from both sides of the community both inside and outside of the prisons.

Green and Blue explores the painful and humorous realities faced by the individuals who patrolled the border during the height of the conflict. Based on the oral archive of serving RUC and An Garda Síochána officers, this new production fuses theatre and film to look at the individual behind the uniform and the different experiences of two individuals on either side of a line on the ground.

Laurence McKeown is a former republican prisoner. He spent sixteen years in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh, was on the blanket protest for four and a half years, and on the 1981 hunger strike for seventy days. Laurence is currently an author, filmmaker, and playwright

Paula McFetridge has been Artistic Director of the Kabosh Theatre Company since 2006 and has worked closely with Laurence McKeown in a production ‘The Wests Awake’ and also ‘two Roads West set in a moving black taxi. Paula is also a respected television, theatre, film, and radio actress.

Green and Blue will open in the Hub, 3rd Floor, Rosemount Factory tonight at 7pm, tickets £5.

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