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Derry, Northern Ireland, 1970. A peaceful protest becomes violent, and three civilians take shelter in the Mayor’s parlour in the town’s Guildhall. When they leave, they are shot point-blank by the British Armed Forces.
The events that follow show a brutal erosion of justice as the humanity of the victims is subjugated to the agenda of others.
Set against the political backdrop of Bloody Sunday, Friel’s play interrogates the nature of truth during times of conflict. Unsettlingly relevant to contemporary world events, the play compels us to ask: Is this version of the truth accurate, and – if not- who benefits from the lie?
An Amateur Production or Community Theatre production of The Freedom of the City by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd and New Zealand Play Bureau Ltd.