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DUPed & Come Out From Among Them
Friday 1 November 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Tullynessle & Forbes Hall
Friday 1 November 2019
Written and Performed by John McCann
Directed by Erasmus Mackenna
COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM is the companion piece to the 2018 Scotsman Fringe First Award winning play DUPed. They are performed together here for the first time.
DUPed, McCann and Mackenna’s 2018 Scotsman Fringe First Award winning show is based upon interviews with campaigners, journalists and activists from across the North of Ireland, exploring the history and continuing impact of Ian Paisley’s DUP on those who oppose religious and social conservatism.
This show compels us to question how we resist, how we reach out to others and to ultimately ask ourselves if we ourselves have been DUPed.
COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM concludes the writer’s journey.
‘The one thing I do in my own life is I try to have conversations with people in the DUP… One of the things I think we have to do is we need to keep having conversations with the people we don’t like, for those of us who can have conversations and can deal with the rhetoric’. Lyra McKee (1990-2019)
Writer John McCann has spent the last few months trying to follow in Lyra’s footsteps, having conversations he never thought he could. He met DUP politicians, an Orange Order District Master and a Free Presbyterian Minister. What he heard was a complex mix of tired talking points, deeply held convictions, historical revisionism and thankfully, hope.
Reviews of the Scotsman Fringe First Award winning DUPed, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
“McCann is a clear and evocative storyteller, and the journey he takes us on is captivating – yet the real power of his play is in its finale.” The Scotsman, August 2018 ****
“DUPed is a masterpiece in conversational storytelling.” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, August 2018 *****
Reviews of the Scotsman Fringe First Award winning SPOILING by John McCann, Traverse Theatre 2014
The Herald **** The Scotsman **** The Times **** The Stage ****
“chippy, hate-fuelled sectarianism…manipulative rant…” The Spectator, September 2014
“It now feels like an act of prophecy.” The Spectator, May 2015
*(OAP, Disability or Unemployment Benefit)
Tickets will be available from the following outlets four weeks before the event:
The Alford Bistro
Tickets available on the door, but booking advisable.