Ireland’s finest poets, actors and musicians mark the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

26th March 2018
Press release: Monday 26 March
 
Host Olivia O'Leary will be joined by performers including Cathy Belton, Adrian Dunbar, Linda Ervine, Peter Hanly, Frances Tomelty and Tara Lynne O’Neill (of The Derry Girls), to tell the powerful story of Northern Ireland’s continuing journey to peace and reconciliation.
 
Poetry Ireland and the Government of Ireland are presenting A Further Shore: The Journey to Good Friday, 1998 to mark twenty years since the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement. 
 
Taking place in the Barbican's Milton Court Concert Hall in London on Thursday 5 April and in the Lyric Theatre, Belfast on Monday 9 April, A Further Shore traces the island's unique history from the commencement of the Troubles through to Good Friday 1998. Powerful, moving, and informative, the story of Northern Ireland is illuminated through the evocative and intriguing perspective of its major artists. 
 
Directed by the renowned theatre director Lynne Parker and devised by the award-winning actor Eleanor Methven, both performances will be hosted by broadcaster Olivia O'Leary. Performers will include actors Cathy Belton, Darragh Kelly, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Adrian Dunbar, Peter Hanly, Darragh Kelly, Fergal McElherron, Eleanor Methven, Carol Moore, Tara Lynne O’Neill and Frances Tomelty; activist Linda Ervine; poet Stephen Sexton; Kevin Doherty and Telegraph Band, singer-songwriter Leslie Dowdall; sean nós singer Ceara Conway; cellist Neil Martin; and fiddler Ciarán Tourish, 
 
Also appearing in London will be Bríd Brennan and Ciarán Hinds, both currently nominated for Olivier Awards. 
 
A Further Shore will include poems by Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Colette Bryce, Leontia Flynn, Alan Gillis and Michael Longley. 
 
Presented by Poetry Ireland with support from the Government of Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Poetry Ireland gratefully acknowledges the support of its principal funders The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 
 
 
LISTINGS INFORMATION
 
A Further Shore: The Journey to Good Friday, 1998
Thursday 5 April, 7.30pm
Milton Court Concert Hall, Silk St, London EC2Y 9BH
Tickets: £15
www.barbican.org.uk
 
Ireland’s finest poets, actors, musicians and artists tell the powerful story of Northern Ireland’s continuing journey to peace and reconciliation. Powerful, evocative, moving, informative.  This tells the story of Northern Ireland through extraordinary poems and music against a backdrop of powerfully striking images. The poems trace the history of Northern Ireland from the beginning of the troubles up to the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.  The tone of the piece is dignified and elegant. The production values are high with direction by renowned theatre director Lynne Parker. 
 
Performers: Olivia O’Leary, host; Cathy Belton, Bríd Brennan, Adrian Dunbar, Peter Hanly, Ciarán Hinds, Darragh Kelly, Fergal McElherron, Eleanor Methven, Tara Lynne O’Neill and Frances Tomelty, actors; Kevin Doherty and Telegraph Band (Conor Brady, James Delaney, Jason Duffy, Charlie Foley); Leslie Dowdall, singer-songwriter; Ceara Conway, sean nós singer; Neil Martin, cello; and Ciarán Tourish, fiddle. 
 
A Further Shore: The Journey to Good Friday, 1998
Monday 9 April, 8.00pm
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Tickets: £15
https://lyrictheatre.co.uk
 
To mark 20 years of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, this evocative performance traces the path from the commencement of the Troubles through to Good Friday 1998. Hosted by Olivia O'Leary and directed by Lynne Parker, the island of Ireland’s finest poets, actors and musicians will tell the story of the journey towards peace and reconciliation. Performers include actors Cathy Belton, Peter Hanly, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Darragh Kelly, Eleanor Methven, Carol Moore, Tara Lynne O’Neill and Frances Tomelty, activist Linda Ervine, cellist Neil Martin, poet Stephen Sexton, fiddler Ciarán Tourish and Kevin Doherty and his band, Telegraph.