Dublin Theatre Festival

Dublin Theatre Festival and the British Council, in partnership with The Abbey Theatre present

Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Inquiry

Edited by Richard Norton-Taylor

Venue Abbey Theatre
Date 11 Oct - 15 Oct 7.30pm
12 Oct 2.30pm
15 Oct 2.30pm
Duration 2 hrs 30 mins

Directed by Nicolas Kent with Charlotte Westenra
Designed by Claire Spooner
Lighting by Jon Driscoll
Cast includes Philip Battley,David Beames, John Castle, Michael Cochrane, Sorcha Cusack, Sally Giles, Rita Hamill, Terrence Hardiman, William Hoyland, Hilary MacLean, Michael O'Hagan, Gerard O'Hare, Alan Parnaby, Theo Fraser Steele, Heather Tobias, Thomas Wheatley, Michael Wilson, James Woolley

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On Sunday, 30 January, 1972, 13 civil rights marchers were shot dead and another 13 wounded when British soldiers opened fire during an anti-internment civil rights march inDerry, Northern Ireland. The initial 1972 Inquiry by Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery - branded the Widgery Whitewash by many - suggested that the soldiers had been fired on first.

After a sustained campaign by the families of the victims, and in the light of new material collected by the Irish Government, a new Inquiry was set up in 1998 as part of the Northern Ireland Peace Process.

Since March 2000, the Saville Inquiry has heard evidence from over one thousand witnesses,but thanks to Richard Norton-Taylor's brilliant editing, we are presented with a breathtaking, dramatic overview, moving swiftly from painful eyewitness accounts of how people died, to the cross examination of the soldiers who fired.

The achievement in taking this story into the wider public domain where it belongs is outstanding and of critical importance.

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