Crows on the Wire workshop events

The Crows on the Wire project will be travelling to Counties Armagh and Tyrone on March 9th and 25th for workshop events in Portadown and Cookstown - two valuable opportunities to engage in conversation about issues surrounding the transition of the RUC to PSNI.

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The Verbal Arts Centre is working in conjunction with the Rural Community Network (RCN) to hold Crows on the Wire workshops in Portadown Town Hall on Monday, March 9th, and in RCN’s offices at 38a Oldtown Road, Cookstown, on Wednesday, March 25th.  Both events will be facilitated by Mhairi Sutherland, Community Engagement Facilitator with the Crows on the Wire project, and take place from 7pm-9pm.

The Portadown workshop is being held to mark International Women’s Day as part of the North Armagh Women’s Project, a cross-community group of women aged 25 to 70s from the Armagh city, Banbridge and Craigavon Council areas who meet as part of the RCN diversity programme led by Charmain Jones, Community Development Officer for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration.

This workshop will consist of film screenings from the Crows on the Wire play and discussion to engage with the local women. A buffet supper will be provided and all rural women are warmly welcome.

The Cookstown workshop will use drama and social media to help engage in dialogue. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. Actors will also be present on the evening to give a flavour of the play itself. Contact to register or for more information about either of the workshops.

The ‘Crows on the Wire’ project was created by the Verbal Arts Centre in 2013 to explore the transition of NI’s police force from the RUC to PSNI in 2001, 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 in 2013, accompanied by post-performance discussions with panel members composed of former and serving police and security forces, former Republican prisoners, academics and journalists.

This year the project has received support from the Department of Foreign Affairs in order to promote ‘Cultural Diplomacy through the Arts’ with communities in Derry/Londonderry, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.

Acknowledging the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs in creating a new phase of the project, Mhairi Sutherland, Community Facilitator with the Crows on the Wire project, said: “COTW - Cultural Diplomacy through the Arts - will engage with communities in the border areas, from both traditions, to explore differences and generate understanding, based on the innovative cultural approach to challenging and sensitive issues. The project has received funding from the Reconciliation Fund, Department of Foreign Affairs.

"We are particularly delighted with the opportunity to facilitate an event in Portadown, one of the key areas for the project, and to be working with Charmain Jones is a huge bonus, part of the contribution to community development and reconciliation which has been made by the Rural Community Network programmes on an ongoing basis.”

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