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Gripping drama featuring the H-Block is all set to hit festival stage in Glasgow

May 6, 2013

YellowBrix

By BRENDAN McDAID

A HARD-hitting play focusing on the prisoners of Long Kesh's notorious H-Block is to be staged in Glasgow next week.

The piece of theatre -- Over The Wire -- was commissioned to celebrate Londonderry's year as UK City of Culture and premiered at the Playhouse Theatre earlier this year.

The play is the only piece commissioned for the City of Culture programme to tour outside of Northern Ireland. It tells the powerful and captivating story of five men's survival in the aftermath of the burning of the prison.

Produced by The Playhouse and directed by Bafta award winning film and TV director Kenny Glenaan, the play was met with critical acclaim when it opened in Derry in January.

Written by multi-award winning Irish writer Seamas Keenan, Over The Wire will now go on tour to The Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

It will form one of the star attractions at the city's acclaimed political theatre festival Mayfesto from May 8-11.

Over the Wire concentrates on a group of IRA men pitched into a world of violence, paranoia and hunger as they struggle against British soldiers, each other and their own personal demons.

Originally published by BY BRENDAN McDAID.

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