Committed Falling Doors Theatre

Photo Credit: Andrew AB Photography.

Play considered too radical for West Belfast returns to Liverpool

Committed by Stephen Smith.

DATES: 22nd at 3:00pm & 26th of October at 8:00pm.

ADMISSION: £9/£7 concession.

WHERE: Liverpool Irish Centre (Formally St Michael’s Irish Centre), 6 Boundary Lane, Liverpool, L6 5JG

‘’How will we justify doing nothing?  There is no justification, only justice – your words Dan, you found him guilty too…’’

Presented by an ensemble of Irish and Liverpudlian actors, in the birthplace of the script and in a venue with roots steeped in Irish culture, the Liverpool Irish Centre, Committed pays homage to the past it represents as well as the future it seeks to advise. Over 1 hour and 45 minutes, this show delicately brings both culture and history to the forefront of an investigation into what it means to exist as a community, whether it be in Ireland, 1994, or Merseyside, 2017.

Fitting with Smith’s style, splendour and candour are fused together throughout Committed, making evident the passion of its creator. Smith’s experience as a poet and political activist throughout ‘The Troubles’ in Ireland inject a nuanced understanding of the toll that societal situation can have on human behaviour.

“Representation, and what that means politically when nobody voted an individual or group in. It’s inherent corruption and how its power corrupts those that become associated with it. The Divide between those who do the dirty work and those that represent the clean side of political thuggery.’”– Christopher Coey (Poet and Writer).

Committed returns to Liverpool for the 3rd time this October as part of the exciting Liverpool Irish Festival. The show will be directed by Sarah Van Parys, a freelance Theatre Director and Artistic Director of Falling Doors Theatre. Falling Doors Theatre was set up in 2014 to work primarily with local actors and writers developing and staging new writing. The 2nd time produced by the company, following its sold-out run at The Blade Factory in Camp & Furnace in March earlier this year. Committed was also directed by Van Parys, in 2014, as a rehearsed reading which featured the Liverpool Irish Festival.

The playwright, Stephen Smith, is a published poet and was a political activist and teacher around the time of the troubles in Ireland. Smith’s plays are regularly produced in Ireland, Manchester and Liverpool, with Committed being written in Liverpool, following his experience as himself, a concerned resident, during the aftermath of the ceasefire.

Committed will be directed by Sarah Van Parys, a graduate from LJMU, a Young Everyman Playhouse Director’s Course graduate and recently completed her placement with RTYDS Assisting with English Touring Theatre and the Everyman and Playhouse and the Young Everyman Playhouse Directors Course. Falling Doors Theatre was set up by Sarah in 2014 to work primarily with local actors and writers developing and staging new writing.

Falling Doors Theatre’s production of Committed comes to Liverpool Irish Centre for the 22nd & 26th of October. To get your tickets, contact the Liverpool Irish Centre Box Office on 0151 263 1808 or Maureen at mmorrison@stmichaelsirishcentre.org.

Tom Chivers

The Founder of How To Do Theatre, Tom is heavily involved in all aspects of this online theatre magazine and wants to help create a fantastic resource for everyone who may need it. He is also a graduate of the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Young Writers course so when not writing for this website he is off scribbling plays of his own.