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Shazza

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Over the Bridge
« on: February 23, 2010, 01:20:11 PM »
17 Mar - 03 Apr 2010
Waterfront Hall, Belfast
Playwright Sam Thompson
Adaptation by Martin Lynch

'The 50th anniversary production of the most controversial play in Ulster theatre history, dealing with political tensions at Belfast Shipyard during the 1950`s IRA Border Campaign.'[/size][/color]
http://www.waterfront.co.uk/whatson/performancedetails.aspx?id=40072

Was reading about this play this morning.  It tells of life in the Belfast streets overlooked by the Harland and Wolf cranes, and sectarianism within the shipyard.  At the time it was thought to be too controversial and the Ulster Group Theatre refused to show it claiming it was too political.  James Ellis amongst others resigned and established the Over the Bridge Production company.  The play opened at the Empire Theatre in Jan 1960.  Sam Thompson said it was truly 'theatre for the people'.  The ordinary people were queuing to see it and unions were block-booking tickets for their members.

A blue-plaque was unveiled earlier this year at Montrose Street South, Ballymacarrett, by James Ellis as a tribute to Sam Thompson.
http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/Tribute-to-39pioneeering39-playwright.6015785.jp?articlepage=1


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Re: Over the Bridge
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010, 03:33:07 PM »
Wonderful play of its time by a wonderful man. One of the first broadcast on television [with Donal Donnelly in one of the parts] that started to reveal the narrow, sectarian views that plagued this place. It captured entirely the fear, anxiety and naked bigotry that socialists and trade unionists found so difficult to overcome (in this case in Belfast Shipyard). Whether it can still resonate with the same urgency in rapidly changing times will be interesting. Certainly its themes are as relevant as they ever were!

Shazza

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Re: Over the Bridge
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2010, 04:33:39 PM »
I've booked tickets.  I'm looking forward to it.

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Re: Over the Bridge
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2010, 04:42:50 PM »
Shazza that play sounds good. Can,t wait for your report on it. :smile:
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Re: Over the Bridge
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2010, 04:04:03 PM »
I am going to see this play in St Kevins Hall later this month.   Hope I enjoy it.   lol

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Re: Over the Bridge
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2010, 04:08:32 PM »
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 I am going to see this play in St Kevins Hall later this month.   Hope I enjoy it.   lol

You definitely will enjoy it, McNamee. If you haven't seen it before I would be very interested when you do if you think it has the same power etc as I think it used to have.

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Re: Over the Bridge
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2010, 04:46:26 PM »
I am going to see this play in St Kevins Hall later this month.   Hope I enjoy it.   lol

You will love it Bernie! I saw it several years ago in the Lyric. It was wonderful and very moving!!
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Re: Over the Bridge
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2010, 08:43:36 PM »
would love to see it, sam mcaughtrey is the best . :smile:

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Re: Over the Bridge
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2010, 03:27:40 AM »
When I was a young lad I remember a film crew on my street.The were shooting "Over The Bridge" for television. It was shot in and around Pitt Street, Loughview Street and the lower end of Fraser Street where the bridge was.I lived in Fraser Street at that time.

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Re: Over the Bridge
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2010, 09:51:47 AM »
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sam mcaughtrey is the best

Sam Thompson is the guy who wrote the play. Sam McAughtrey is another guy altogether - but did the 2nd Sam have anything to do with this play. Not a clever correction - it wouldn't suprise me if McAughtrey did contribute - it's just that I don't know!

Shazza

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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2010, 04:25:03 PM »

Sam Thompson is the guy who wrote the play. Sam McAughtrey is another guy altogether - but did the 2nd Sam have anything to do with this play. Not a clever correction - it wouldn't suprise me if McAughtrey did contribute - it's just that I don't know!

GandT - I've a feeling that tboy already knew that... :smile:

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Re: Over the Bridge
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2010, 01:52:28 PM »
Went to see "Over the Bridge" last night in St Kevins Hall.
 
 
It really was a powerful piece of Drama,  Upsetting and Sad, but very well acted.  Unfortunately we sat on the front row and were covered in fake blood at the end.
 
Don't think I would go to see it again, unlike some other plays I have seen about Northern Ireland.
 
 

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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2010, 07:00:01 PM »
Glad you enjoyed it Bernie.  I'm looking forward to going to see it at the Waterfront on the 24th March. So it's not a happy ending?  :unsure:   It's unreserved seating, I'll make sure we don't sit on the front row.  :D

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Re: Over the Bridge
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2010, 08:23:04 PM »
Went to see the play last night at the Waterfront.  The place was packed.  Definitely not a 'feel good' play.  Exactly as Bernie described it 'powerful'.  Funny at times, but quite frightening and uncomfortable in other parts.  Great script and cast.  Wouldnt have missed seeing it, but wouldnt go again.

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Re: Over the Bridge
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2010, 06:34:46 PM »
Great Play, I really enjoyed it.
 
People behind us had flasks of tea and a piece. lol