THE powerful new drama by Martin Lynch ‘Meeting at Menin Gate’ is due to be performed at the Burnavon, Cookstown on Thursday, September 26 after its successful Belfast run.
Presented by Green Shoot Productions, ‘Meeting At Menin Gate’ follows Sam Millar’s ‘Brothers In Arms’ and Ron Hutchinson’s ‘Paisley & Me’ as the final instalment of The Ulster Trilogy, a series of three plays exploring the state of Northern Ireland today.
‘Meeting at Menin Gate’ explores the world left behind by the Troubles in which politicians endlessly debate whether Northern Ireland should have a Truth Commission. Attending a cross-community Peace and Reconciliation tour of World War I battle sites, Liz, a protestant nurse, meets Terry, an ex IRA gunman. In a hotel room in Ypres, Belgium, they open a bottle of wine and confront some painful secrets from the past. Will this be a two-person Truth Commission or simply raw, naked revenge? Whilst this play will examine the pain of victims, it will also explore the motivations of the perpetrator in what promises to be a powerful climax to The Ulster Trilogy. It stars the very best of Belfast actors Marty Maguire (Dancing Shoes, Chronicles Of Long Kesh), James Doran (Brothers In Arms, The Christening) and Maria Connolly (Scenes From A Big Picture, Dancing Shoes).
Ahead of Opening Night in Belfast, Martin said: “I’ve wanted to write this play for quite a while. Whilst it’s based on a true story, some of my own experiences of Belfast in the 1970’s are in there. Consequently, I regard myself as both a victim and a perpetrator. I know people will see this as controversial but let them come along and see the play and judge for themselves.”
Tickets cost £14 (£12 concession). Over 16’s only are recommended due to scenes of violence and very strong language. Contact Box Office on 028 8676 9949 or see www.burnavon.com for more information.