Thursday, 19 April 2012

New Lockerbie play to be premiered in Falkirk

[The following is taken from the What’s On Scotland website:]

The bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie killed 270 people and was the worst terrorist atrocity in the UK. Now, for the first time, the appalling tragedy is being brought to the stage in a new play presented by Falkirk’s Tryst Theatre. The Lockerbie Bomber by Kenneth Ross dramatises the search for the truth about the 1988 outrage. Tryst will perform the premiere of the harrowing and hard-hitting play in Falkirk on May 26. The six parts are taken by Jim Allan, Alan Clark, Carol Clark, Rhona Law, Craig Murray and Brian Paterson. Director Alan Clark said: “The play is set in the present day and looks at the Lockerbie bombing from three different perspectives – the victims’ families, journalists investigating the case, and the UK and US security services engaged in cynically covering up what happened.” The play, which explores this veil of secrecy, is described as “docu-drama faction” and links Grangemouth, Greenock, Glasgow and Guantanamo Bay in the gritty and fast-moving 70-minute piece. “The writer says it’s a mix of fact and fiction plus conspiracy theories and some interesting speculation,” explained Alan. He added: “We were attracted to it because it’s new, challenging, contemporary theatre and the issues surrounding the bombing are currently front-page news all round the world. Twenty-four years on, Lockerbie still looms large over Scotland and there are still unanswered questions over what happened that night and who is ultimately responsible for two hundred and seventy deaths. As one of the characters says: 'A few people, high up in the US and UK Governments, know exactly what happened, but they’re never going to tell us.'" The premiere of The Lockerbie Bomber takes place on Saturday May 26 at 8pm in Falkirk Town Hall. Tickets, £7 and £5 (concessions) are available from the Tryst Theatre Box Office on 01324 715886, from the Steeple Box Office on 01324 506850, from club members or at the door on the night.

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