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Scenes From An Inquiry revived in Derry to mark 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday

Dave Duggan, writer of Scenes From An Inquiry

A PLAY about the emotional impact of Bloody Sunday and the Saville Inquiry will be revived this month as part of the Festival of Theatre for Social Change in Derry.

Festival organisers Sole Purpose Productions are staging Scenes From An Inquiry by Dave Duggan at The Playhouse from February 16 to18 as a way of marking the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

Duggan, co-founder of Sole Purpose Productions, wrote the play 20 years ago after attending evidence sessions during the Saville Inquiry.

He says: "The play is a poetic evocation of Bloody Sunday. I wrote it after sitting in the gallery of the Guildhall. What struck me was the dissonance between the legal language of the lawyers and the emotional language of the witnesses.

"Any time the witnesses said something about the emotional impact it was shut down very promptly with a dry legal phrase. I wanted to write something that would affect people on an emotional level, capture the spirit and experiences people were having."

Duggan adds that the play's revival also aims to highlight the need to address the legacy of the Troubles.

"There are loads of families out there with unresolved issues over the conflict and the State is in the process of shutting all processes down," he explains.

"Matters of legacy are still live. Those wanting answers include RUC widows and people killed by various paramilitary groups or by state forces so this play is about legacy and how do you approach it.

"I'm suggesting what we need to bring is empathy and imagination. Also it's a good night at the theatre, it's about entertainment and engagement. It's an emotionally strong piece of work

The play will be directed by Fermanagh writer and director Kat Woods, produced by Sole Purpose co-founder Patricia Byrne, and stars three Derry actors: Caoimhe Farren who appeared in the original production, Nicky Harley and Michael Johnston.

:: Tickets available now via playhousederry.co.uk, full festival programme information at solepurpose.org.

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