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Kabosh set to open Dresden festival

Friday 2nd June 2017 at 10am 0 Comments Drama

Playwright Laurence McKeown, and actors James Doran and Vincent Higgins (photography by Neil Harrison). Image: Playwright Laurence McKeown, and actors James Doran and Vincent Higgins (photography by Neil Harrison).

Kabosh Theatre Company will open the SCENE: Northern Ireland 2017 arts festival at the Societaets Theater, Dresden Germany, with their acclaimed production Green & Blue.

The play, which has just been nominated for the 2017 Writers Guild of Ireland ZeBBie Award for Best Theatre Script, is written by Laurence McKeown, and inspired by an oral archive of serving RUC and An Garda Síochána officers. The show explores the painful and humorous realities faced by individuals who patrolled the border during the height of the conflict in Ireland.

On June 11th,  Kabosh will present a second performance, Those You Pass On The Street, which examines the human legacy of conflict and how we as individuals, and as a society, deal with the past. This production toured to the National Arts Festival, South Africa, and the Ubumuntu Festival, Rwanda July 2016.

Alongside showcasing work Kabosh Artistic Director Paula McFetridge will also facilitate two post-show discussions, and masterclasses for local practitioners on ‘peacebuilding through the arts’, as well as staging an interview with Laurence McKeown, before a screening of his 2001 feature film, H3 on 10th June.

Kabosh is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Paula McFetridge, Artistic Director of Kabosh said:

“It is fantastic to see the unique work created here being celebrated and showcased across Europe. It is so important that we continue to, not only create this work, but present it and understand it in an international context. Having recently toured work to South Africa and Rwanda, as a company we are acutely aware of the relevance and resonance of our work for international audiences and are very excited to bring several pieces of work, in the hands of great local practitioners, to the Societaets Theater, Dresden’

Since 2007 Societaets Theater, Dresden, has staged the SCENE: EUROPA festival. Each year the festival showcases outstanding, independent professional theatre from a chosen country within Europe. 2017 will celebrate the unique theatre being created in Northern Ireland. This year’s festival will run from the 9th-18th June.

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