The Verbal Arts Centre teamed up with Art Take Part to celebrate ‘the Big Draw’ during the Halloween celebrations this year. Halloween means MONSTERS and we invited…
The Crows on the Wire (COTW) performance
and discussion event facilitated by the Verbal Arts Centre, will be attended by
members of the South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) victims/survivors group.
The COTW project was created by the Verbal Arts Centre in 2013 to explore the transition of NI’s police force from the perspective of those most directly affected, the rank and file officer.
The script, commissioned from writer Jonathan Burgess, toured NI as a theatrical performance, followed by discussions with panel members composed of former and serving police and security forces, ex-republican prisoners, academics and journalists.
The event in Lisnaskea on Thursday evening will feature a series of short Acts from the original script, performed by professional actors James Lecky and Gary Crossan as the two main characters in the dramatisation.
The evening will include audience discussion led by community facilitator Dr Mhairi Sutherland, who said: “We are really looking to visiting Lisnaskea with Crows on the Wire and especially pleased to be meeting members of SEFF - many thanks to Kenny Donaldson for inviting us.
“The overlooked story of the individual, the experiences of former RUC members as dramatised in the script, is at the heart of the Crows on the Wire project, and we know this will have a particular resonance for the audience in Fermanagh.”
Kenny Donaldson, Director of Services at SEFF, said: "Drama provides a unique forum for engagement around issues which can be both complex and emotive for people. In Co Fermanagh there is a proud history of service by the community within policing, the military and the prison service.
"Behind the politics of everything there is a human story to be told and it is initiatives such as ‘Crows on the Wire' that can help to give our members a voice.”
The COTW project aims to engage with individuals and groups from both main traditions affected by the themes of the play, creating opportunities both to listen to and recount experiences through a programme of community engagement.
COTW was produced as an educational resource App in 2014, intended to aid the ‘Teaching of Controversial Issues’ in schools at Key Stage 3 and 4.
This year the project has received support from the Department of Foreign Affairs to promote ‘Cultural Diplomacy through the Arts’ with communities in Derry/Londonderry, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.