Belfast’s performing stars at the Prague Theater Fest

Green and Blue, produced by Belfast theater company Kabosh, will be presented at the Divadlo Inspirace Theater located in the Liechtenstein Palace in the heart of the Czech capital from September 27 to October 1.

But before that, the acclaimed play written by Laurence McKeown and directed by Paula McFetridge will have its first performance at the Lyric, Belfast from September 14-18 before going to Strule, Omagh on September 19, the Ardhowen, Enniskillen on September 20 September, Market Place, Armagh on 21 September and Old Church Centre, Cushendun on 22 September.

It will be the first time Green and Blue has been shown since a highly successful residency at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 where it won the Lustrum Award for Best Theatrical Moment.

James Doran (left) as Garda officer Eddie O’Halloran and Vincent Higgins (right) as RUC officer David McCabe in green and blue presented by Kabosh. photo creditNeil Harrison

Paula McFetridge, Kabosh’s artistic director, said they were very happy to be invited to the prestigious Prague Fringe, which is now in its 20th year: “It’s a great honor for us. We are delighted to finally be back on the road after two years of delay! The piece is highly relevant at a time when borders in Ireland, Britain, Europe and beyond are such a hotly debated issue. It’s a beautifully written piece about what it means to be human under extraordinary circumstances.

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The play features two of Northern Ireland’s finest actors, James Doran and Vincent Higgins, reprising their roles from the original production, which premiered at the Girdwood Community Hub as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival 2016.

James Doran plays Garda officer Eddie O’Halloran, from West Cork, patrolling the Monaghan side of the border while Vincent Higgins is David McCabe, an RUC officer whose experience of patrolling the Fermanagh side is very different from its southern counterpart. Despite their different backgrounds, Eddie and David forge a common bond.

Berta D. Wells