Friday 09 June 2017 to Sunday 18 June 2017

Artists from Northern Ireland present theatre and dance performances, films, music and storytelling with a focus on past conflicts and a hopeful future.

Festival programme

KABOSH THEATRE: GREEN AND BLUE (Theatre play and launch party)

  • Fri 09 June | 8 pm | Gutmann-Saal 

At one point we took on a role that became an identity and that identity now defines us. We’re a uniform, not real people. And rightly or wrongly we now view the world from that perspective. Green & Blue explores the painful and humorous realities faced by the individuals who patrolled the border during the height of the conflict. Based on an oral archive of serving RUC and An Garda Síochána officers, the production fuses theatre and film to look at the person behind the uniform and the different experiences of two individuals on either side of a line in the ground.

Film screening  H3 and interview with Laurence McKeown

  • Sat 10 June | 5 pm | Kleine Bühne

Interview mit Laurence McKeown

Paula McFetridge, artistic director of the Kabosh Theatre, is talking to Laurence McKeown, who participated in the hunger strikes of 1981.

  • Sat 10 June | 6 pm | Kleine Bühne

Film screening H3

H3 is a universal story of endurance and courage set inside Europe's most secure prison, the Maze prison in Northern Ireland. It centers on a small group of people which were willing to die for their ideas – ten of them actually did. Among them was Bobby Sands who meanwhile got elected in the British Parliament. Laurence McKeown participated for 70 days in the hunger strike as well and later got known for developing new educational programs for prisoners.


  • Sat 10 June | 8 pm | Gutmann-Saal and Garden

HOPE HUNT is the first part of Oona Doherty’s dancing piece HARD TO BE SOFT. She performs a thumping sweaty theatre. It takes you through a dirty Europe between violence and sublime. A physical experience, Hope Hunt takes the viewer from the dark and into the light like a bursting light bulb. Choral music fills the room as Doherty combines threatening gestures with the beautiful turns of classical dance. Episode I of the HARD TO BE SOFT series is an attempt to make the sticks, the spiders, the hoods, the typos, the knackers into the birds of paradise fade to white. The performance attempts to deconstruct the stereotype of the deprived male, and raise the elements up into a Caravaggio bright white limbo. It is a hunt for hope.


  • Sat 10 June | 9 pm | Gutmann-Saal 

In a 1-man 1-pan show, Clorine and her superior pan dance an exquisite duet that evokes hope and disconcertion. Fantasy and reality blur. Her work explores mankind’s preoccupation with progress through materialism. Physical theatre, absurdity, love.


  • Sun 11 June | 8 pm | Kleine Bühne

The play explores the complexities of dealing with the legacy of conflict, especially when that conflict is localised and personal. It contrasts party political positioning with individual needs. It challenges the view that any mechanism for dealing with the past is simply about ‘whose side gets what’. This play has toured to a broad range of community groups (with both single identity and cross community performances) and the feedback to date has been honest and powerful. The themes are universal and translatable for any group in conflict and post-conflict: how do we move forward as individuals when those around us are not at the same stage; how we do ensure the legacy of conflict is not passed onto the next generation?


  • Mon 12 June | 8 pm | Gutmann-Saal

The Faerie Thorn production will be a vibrant, contemporary, physical theatre, incorporating masks, movement and illusion. They wickedly deal with inexorable human tensions in a way that is shocking and yet terrifyingly familiar.


  • Tue 13 June | 8 pm | Gutmann-Saal
  • Wed 14 June | 11 am | Gutmann-Saal

For those who don’t feel like they’re in the right life, the web is a place to be yourself. Out in the real world though, things can be very different. A story of first love through the eyes of a gender-curious teen, Scorch examines how the human story often gets lost amidst the headlines. Insired by recent court cases SCORCH is written by Stacey Gregg, one of the Northern Ireland’s most talented playwriters.


  • Thu 15 June | 8 pm |Kleine Bühne

A mathematician finds a gift from a god. Blacksmiths beat out the music of the spheres. And why are there turtles everywhere? Where does myth meet science? Is it only in the middle of the night when we half wake and half sleep? In this timeless place of wonder and insight, time stretches and a fissure opens that builds a dream bridge between many worlds… Performance storyteller Clare Murphy dances into this liminal space; merging myth, deities, science and a hefty amount of turtle, in a playful exploration of the beginnings of the universe.

RÉALTA: FRIDAY NIGHT (Concert and closing party)

  • Fri 16 June | 8 pm | Gutmann-Saal

Réalta take a lively, exciting and respectful approach to Irish traditional music. Reared on a staple diet of The Bothy Band, Planxty and other such classics, this Belfast based band captures the timeless aspects of the tradition and presents it in its raw form – fresh and beautiful. Grab your dancing shoes and find out why as they perform a stirring mix of tunes on uilleann pipes, whistles, flute, guitar, piano, double bass, bouzouki, banjo and bodhrán.

Street theatre at Bunte Republik Neustadt

  • Fri 16 June | 6 pm | Garden and Foyer
  • Sat 17 June | 3 pm | BRN/starts at Sebnitzer Straße
  • Sun 18 June | 3 pm | BRN/starts at Sebnitzer Straße

szene: NORDIRLAND conquers the celebrations of the BRN festival with two strange creatures: DRYAD TREE LADY and TILDA TIGERBALM. One came through the haze of prehistoric times to the present and the other just heavily packed from the supermarket.

Actors: Miss Longstocking, Paul Currie