Legacy of conflict in Northern Ireland explored

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Image:  At the EU’s PEACE III Conference held at the MAC, Belfast, are Pat Colgan, Chief Executive of the SEUPB, left, actor and journalist Ivan Little; alongside Cathy White performing the ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ play created by Smashing Times Theatre Company. The play gives a fictionalised account of some of the traumatic events which took place during the ‘Troubles’. Picture: Michael Cooper.

By Una Murphy

The legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland has been explored through theatre, film, art and storytelling funded by the European Union’s PEACE programme.

The work was showcased at The MAC in Belfast and featured a performance by Cathy White of a play developed by the Smashing Times Theatre Company ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’.

Another play ‘Crows on the Wire’ about the transition of the RUC into the PSNI was also featured at the conference, hosted by journalist Ivan Little.

The University of Ulster’s International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) is developing a digital archive about life during ‘The Troubles’. Personal accounts of the conflict can be deposited in a new ‘Accounts of the Conflict’ archive.  The stories can be viewed online on a website from the autumn.

The Chief Executive of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) Pat Colgan said people involved in the projects had “made real progress in helping people, on a cross-community basis, to better understand and articulate their experiences of the conflict.”

The ‘Quilt of Remembrance’ and ‘5 Decades’ storytelling exhibitions about the conflict are  taking place at Belfast City Hall and at Belfast Central Library in September.

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