The `Exodus' comes to Carrickfergus
12 June 2012
Carrickfergus Borough Council, through it’s Good Relations Programme, is hosting a play written and directed by Jonathan Burgess called “The Exodus”.
Set in the early 1970’s, this drama attempts to look at how and why over 95% of the Protestant people living in Londonderry, on the west bank of the River Foyle moved away from the cityside between 1969 and 1973; prior to 1969, the Protestant population on the west bank numbered over 16,000 and today stands at approximately 400. It examines the extreme pressures the Protestant community was placed under during one of the most turbulent periods of The Troubles.
The project creator, Jonathan Burgess from Blue Eagle Productions, asked people who were affected by these events to come forward and share their personal memories and experiences of that time. The oral histories, which provide first-hand accounts of the events, are now available here in an online heritage resource. In addition a book has been published which incorporates the script developed for the stage play.
The event is taking place on Tuesday 12 June at 7.00 pm in Oakfield Community Centre, Oakfield Drive, Carrickfergus. To register for tickets please visit: www.theexoduscarrick.eventbrite.co.uk