I’ll be taking part in a post-show discussion of a new play written by Philip Orr, After Dresden, which explores the tragedy of the Second World War and how that in part inspired the foundation of the Corrymeela Community. Other discussants include Orr, Dr Duncan Morrow from the University of Ulster, and director Trevor Gill.
After Dresden will be performed by the Belvoir Players, 30 April-2 May at 8 pm (2.00 p.m. matinee on Sat 2nd), at their Studio Theatre, 94 Belvoir Drive. Tickets are £9 (£7 concession) and can be purchased online at www.belvoirplayers.org or by ringing 028 9049 1210. Reduced rates are available for parties of 10 or more.
The play is based on the prisoner of war diaries of Rev Ray Davey, who served as a British Army Chaplain during the war. He was imprisoned near Dresden, where the bombing of the city made a formative impression on him. He drew on that experience when establishing Corrymeela during the time he was a Presbyterian chaplain at Queen’s University Belfast.