Quietly by Owen McCafferty
Directed by: Gemma Whelan
Venue: New Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St. Portland
Dates: April 13 – May 6, 2018
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm

with Murri Lazaroff-Babin, Tim Blough, and Ted Rooney
Set Design: Tyler Buswell, Costume Design: Sarah Marguier, Lighting Design: Trevor Sargent, Sound Design: Cameron McFee

Two middle-aged men meet in the very Belfast bar where a horrific event transformed their lives over 30 years before. They share a few pints, a football match between Northern Ireland and Poland is playing on the TV, as the Polish bartender bears witness these men unload their disparate stories of a day ever-etched in their psyches. Quietly is a powerful story of violence and forgiveness in the aftermath of the Troubles.

Friday, April 13: Opening night reception with Irish Consul General Robert O’Driscoll
Saturday, April 14: Post-show Talkback (Guests TBD)
Saturday, April 21: Post-show Talkback with director Gemma Whelan and actors
Sunday, April 22: Post-show Talkback (Guests TBD)
Friday, April 27: “Irish Night” & Post-show Talkback with Emma McIlroy, CEO Wild Fang

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What are the Troubles, you ask?

Although armed long-held hostilities between Catholics and Protestants largely subsided after the 1921 agreement to separate Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland, violence erupted again in the late 1960s; bloody riots broke out in Londonderry in 1968 and in Londonderry and Belfast in 1969. British troops were brought in to restore order, but the conflict intensified as the IRA (Irish Republican Army) and Protestant paramilitary groups carried out bombings and other acts of terrorism. This continuing conflict, which lingered into the 1990s, became known as “the Troubles.”

Despite efforts to bring about a resolution to the conflict during the 1970s and 80s, terrorist violence was still a problem in the early 90s and British troops remained in full force. More than 3,000 people have died as a result of the strife in Northern Ireland.

More resources about the Troubles:

  • The Irish History provides an in-depth look at this “low-level war” in Northern Ireland fueled by political unrest and brutal bouts of violence.
  • Read a timeline of the events in The Guardian.
  • The Belfast Telegraph put together a gallery of images throughout the 30-year-long period of the Troubles (please view with caution).


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