Down District Council


Explosive New Play Comes to Downpatrick

Released: 20 February 2012

Down Arts Centre and Green Shoot Productions are pleased to present Brothers in Arms, the explosive new drama by bestselling crime author Sam Millar, directed by Martin Lynch, at The Great Hall, Downshire Estate at 8pm on Friday 24 February.

Set in the home of the Mullan brothers, one a dissident republican, the other a Sinn FeinMLA, on the day of their father’s funeral, Brothers in Arms explores the legacy of the Troubles for those who served time in prison, and their families. Each brother holds his own strong beliefs and despite their mother’s pleas for peace, old resentments and terrible secrets rise to the surface in this portrayal of a family torn apart by political difference.

Since the publication of his bestselling autobiography On the Brinks, Sam Millar has become one of Belfast’s most popular authors. He has drawn from his colourful life and own experiences in prison during the blanket proteststo write this exciting new work exploring the divisions in modern-dayrepublicanism. 

Directed by Martin Lynch and starring BJ Hogg, Tony Devlin, Helena Bereen and Jimmy Doran, Brothers in Arms brings together the cream of local talent in what is sure to be one of the biggest and most controversial stage hits of the year.

To purchase tickets (£11 / £9) and for further information please contact the Down Arts Centre box office on 028 4461 0747. The performance contains very strong language throughout and some violent scenes; we therefore recommend suitability for age 16 years and over.

Poems for a Sunday Afternoon will return to Down Arts Centre at 2.30pm on Sunday 26 February. We invite budding writers and readers to join us in celebrating the written word in all its forms. Offering a friendly space to read, we hope that those gathered will join in by sharing a piece of their own work, or perhaps a favourite poem. Join Write! Down for some featured readings, music from local musicians and a friendly space to perform your own work. 

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