Images and a small selection of participant comments received from the performance of Green and Blue by Kabosh Theatre Company in Kiltyclogher Community Centre 17 April 2018, as part of our ‘Across the Lines’ programme.
The most important thing I am taking away tonight is:
“the humanised character of the RUC (man); that he may have joined out of familial duty and circumstance rather than ‘hating’ the nationalist community – really powerful”.
“a deeper understanding of the experiences of individuals in the police forces on both sides of the border during the conflict, and the impact of the conflict on …. human relationships. It must never be allowed to happen again – the human cost is to great”.
“Remembering the difficulties of my past and feeling grateful to experience the portrayal this evening. Hope is still alive”.
“As a 24 year old living on the border, ..it is hard to get people talking about the past.This was an excellent way of learning for me”
“not to take the open and free border for granted”
“Understanding each other is the key to peace. Communication and openness is essential”.
“Think for yourself.Do not be a uniform”.
“Never judge a man until you walk a mile in his shoes”
“I appreciated the way humour ws used to highlight the various aspects of each man’s life. It was good to see how the RUC man’s human side was developed from a very formal beginning….also pointed out how difficult the guards ‘had it’; which I realised up growing up in Swanlinbar”
“Connection between Ulster as nine counties and Northern Ireland – that this is so contested culturally”.
“I trained in Sligo…and couldn’t believe that friends from Manorhamilton would actually ‘go into the north ” to shop or visit.
“We all have a shared goal of peace but how to get and keep that?”
“A thorough provoking performance ,superbly acted and directed.…drawing us back to how we deal with our troubled past and our shared heritage. Wonderful for its very depiction to be played out on a border location like Kiltyclogher…A wonderfully educational tool for younger audiences”.