Wednesday 24 June 2020

24 HOURS OF PEACE: A DRAMATIC READING

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24 Hours of Peace

24 HOURS OF PEACE: A DRAMATIC READING

A dramatic reading of a real-life conversation between Jo Berry, daughter of Sir Anthony Berry, killed in the 1984 Grand Hotel Brighton bombing, and Pat McGee, a member of the IRA who was responsible for the attack. Since his release in 1999, Jo and Pat have met on more than 200 occasions. Although Pat carries the burden of knowing he had caused Jo profound hurt, they continue to explore their common humanity, recognising that war robs combatants of what it is to be human, of an essential capacity to empathise and to see the world through the eyes of others.

THE PODCAST 

Introducers: Neil Bartlett (playwright, director of 24 Hours of Peace and IWM Associate) and Jonathan Cohen (Executive Director, Conciliation Resources and IWM Associate)

Cast: Miranda Richardson, British film, TV and theatre actor who has been nominated for two Academy Awards & Steffan Rhodri, known for his roles as Dave Coaches on Gavin & Stacey and as Reg Cattermole in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

This podcast is an extract from "24 Hours of Peace" by Neil Bartlett, a Thomas Carter Projects production, staged live at the Royal Exchange Theatre  and broadcast live by Resonance FM on Remembrance Sunday 2019.

"I think I made the decision within two days ...I don’t want an enemy. ... I want to understand”. Jo Berry

2020 marks the 75th anniversaries of VE Day and VJ Day when the Allied nations celebrated victory over Nazi Germany and Japan. Today, as on-going conflicts descend into drawn out endgames, what does it really mean to ‘win’ a war and what challenges are faced when it comes to peacebuilding, and post-conflict healing? These are the questions central to Reimagining Victory, a new digital series that explores the state of war and peace in relation to twenty-first century conflict.

Created by the IWM Institute in partnership with Conciliation Resources.

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