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The Long Now

By Sam Burnside

Sat, 6 April
7.30PM - 10.00PM
The Old Courthouse

Adm: £10.00 & £8.00 (Concession)

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Directed and Designed by Michael Poynor

'Memory is general to all, while memories are unique to each of us. Memory is shared, but my memories are mine, warmed or cooled, sweetened or embittered with time's passing.

I remember as a child being a passenger in a big black car on one dark evening. I remember sitting low in the front passenger seat, looking up and out through the windscreen, the passing world of tree tops and cloud-filled sky being cut like scenes in a film with that mesmeric rhythm of the windscreen wipers. Do I remember, or do I imagine the sound of the wipers, the warmth of the car, and the smell of the smoke of my mother's cigarette? I do not know but I imagine I remember the truth of that experience.'

With two actors, projections, live music underscore and a soundscaped chorus, The Long Now explores one man's memories of growing up in County Antrim in the 1950s set against the ripples of external political, economic and cultural forces that were to impact so forcibly on life here during that time.

Featuring Sam Burnside's poetic language, The Long Now is an evocative exploration of memory, childhood and hope.



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