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|Political Unrest Sparks Drama
- The Tricycle stages the peace process
GARY MITCHELL's play about the personal and political implications of the Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement previews at the Tricycle theatre from Tuesday September 18. The award-winning playwright penned As The Beast Sleeps in 1997, just a few months before optimism over the recently signed ceasefire began to sour.
"In real life, in politics, the leaders aren't doing the things that they think they should do and that then makes their community very suspicious, and let down, and depressed," says Mitchell of the play which BBC 2 saw fit to turn into a film. No one knows this better than New York director John Sheehan, who commissioned the play in his capacity as director of the Lyric theatre, and is also directing this production.
Sheehan describes the play as a modern Greek tragedy for these days of political unrest. "Mitchell dramatises a lot of what he has witnessed specifically in Northern Ireland but which are obviously universal human situations," says Sheehan.