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Londonderry

Worlds Apart

Exploring a fifty-year bond between two sisters and analyzing the wider impact of The Troubles on both those who remained and those who left. Pre-show performance by Gill Barr and her work's entitled "The Price of Violence".

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Worlds Apart
Worlds Apart

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29 Feb 2024, 20:00 – 22:30

Londonderry, 2-4 Kennedy St, Londonderry BT48 6RF, UK

About The Event

Worlds Apart tells the story of Mabel and Nora, two sisters who are separated in 1970 when Mabel moves to Australia as she doesn't want to live in Londonderry and more due to the emerging troubles and the impact of sustained sectarian violence on her life.

What follows is the correspondence between the sisters over the next 50 years, by letter, telephone and eventually zoom.

This one hour production looks at the issue of innocent families torn apart as Northern Ireland spiralled into a generation of terror and violence.

Starring Laura Douglas, Karen Hawthorne and Alison McCalister, "Worlds Apart" is directed by Codie Morrison for Blue Eagle Productions, commissioned by Sole Purpose Productions for their 25th Anniversary Festival of Theatre and Social Change. The play is written by Jonathan Burgess.

Before the performance, Gill Bar will give a reading of her works entitled "The Price of Violence". Gill Barr’s poems have appeared in a range of publications such as: Honest Ulsterman, Trasna, Bad Lilies, The New Humanist, The New European, Honest, Atrium and Riptide’s Climate Change Matters Anthology. Gill has appeared at the Ledbury Poetry Festival, as well as the Bridport and Exeter Literary Festivals. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast. She lives in flux between Dorset and Derry/Londonderry, where she was born and raised.

Following the readings and performance of Worlds Apart, an onstage discussion will take place with Gill and Jonathan about their works. 

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