There’s free theatre courtesy of Letterkenny based organisation Abhaile Aris at The Balor, Ballybofey tonight with The Pride – a look at life behind the scenes of a Northern Irish marching band by well known Derry writer Jonathan Burgess.
Abhaile Aris do great work with the Republican ex-prisoner community to bring about their acceptance as equal members of Irish society. They also spend considerable time and energy on many joint community based projects promoting peace and reconciliation hence this somewhat unlikely presentation of a play about a loyalist marching band.
Based on the research with the Pride of the Orange And Blue, the story centres on Robbie who lives for the band and his friend Davie whose main purpose in life is to drink Robbie’s beer. Amanda is the proud mother of Robbie’s two sons, who also live for the band. Dessie is Robbie’s grumpy father-in-law who thinks the band is a waste of time. It’s coming close to the start of the marching season though, and there are plans to be made as the band are heading for the May Rally in Glasgow and it’s their 25th anniversary!
The Pride tells the story of what goes on in any band, when they are not on the street – the highs and lows, the comradeship, the laughter and the tears. In ‘getting under the uniform’, the play seeks to give an opportunity to those from both inside and outside the band community to understand the lifestyle and motivation of such a widely enjoyed aspect of Northern Irish culture.
The Pride is at The Balor, Ballybofey tonight (Thursday August 15th) at 8.30pm. Admission is free but please ring to book on 074 913 1840.