Green & Blue by Laurence McKeown is a show about borders.
This Kabosh production explores the painful and humorous realities faced by the individuals who patrolled the Irish border during the height of the conflict.
The play is based on stories gathered from Royal Ulster Constabulary and An Garda Síochána Officers who were stationed on the border.
The production fuses theatre and film to look at the person behind the uniform and the different experiences of two individuals on either side of a manmade line in the ground.
It is a timely production given Brexit is raising questions around the impact of borders and how our fragile peace is at risk.
Over the last three years the show has toured extensively across Ireland, with additional performances in Dresden, Paris, London and Brussels. James Doran and Vincent Higgins are both highly respected Irish actors.
"I found the play extremely interesting, I'm not sure I've ever heard the words before, of an RUC officer and his Irish counterparts. The play is vital in the small footsteps we are taking towards dealing with the past, as well as the future. We will only embrace the future when we have given space and a voice [to those] who lived through the conflict. Until then, we are surely sweeping the past under the carpet"
What could Edinburgh do for Kabosh
You never know who you are going to meet at a festival! We are hopeful and determined to get as many people as possible to see our production with the aim of taking it further afield. We want a new global audience to connect with our story as told by reputable Irish artists based on personal testimonies.
We want to inform national and international conversations about conflict, borders, policing and identity. We want to champion the positive role arts engagement can play in peacebuilding.
“A drama of substantial insight and revelation… the production is a life affirming celebration of the end of the dark days of a hard border” (The Reviews Hub)
We have been invited by Bruford at Summerhall to present 21 performances of Green & Blue from 2nd - 25th August 2019. Tickets can be booked here, please help us spread the word: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/green-blue
What We Need
Taking a show to Edinburgh is incredibly expensive: accommodation, equity rates of pay and per diems for cast & crew, marketing and travel. We have managed to raise 80% of the funds required with support from Arts Council Northern Ireland, but we have a shortfall.
We need to raise a minimum of £8,000 to take this production to Edinburgh 2019.
If we raise more than £8,000 we can bring more marketing materials to help publicise the production and maximise impact.
"Peace and reconciliation is key. Getting people to see the other side is crucial." (audience member)
Who Are We?
We are a well-established theatre company based in Belfast, recognised for using theatre to deal with sensitive issues of social importance.
The production team are highly skilled and respected in their fields: playwright Laurence McKeown, director Paula McFetridge, actors James Doran & Vincent Higgins, producers Zoe Fox & Dominic Montague, film designer Conan McIvor, production designers Stuart Marshall & Liz Cullinane.
“Higgins and Doran give engaging performances as the men unable to cross a line that only wise men and farmers can see. It’s a simple but effective way of exploring two sides of one conflict.”