Nine Tenths Under

Nine thenths under

NINE TENTHS UNDER Performing the Peace

ICAN - International Culture Arts Network in partnership with School of Creative Arts

at Queen’s University, Belfast

Dates: Thursday 22nd – Saturday 24th March 2012

Venue: The Brian Friel Theatre, 20 University Square Belfast

Cost: Free (but advance registration essential.

As Belfast prepares to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the iceberg (the great ship’s nemesis) provides an apt symbol for Northern Ireland’s continuing peace process. Above the surface is the public face of the peace, but what of the great mass of untold and often problematic stories hidden beneath the official version?

For ‘Nine Tenths Under’, The Playhouse ICAN International Culture Arts Network Derry-Londonderry and the School of Creative Arts at Queens University, Belfast will bring together creative artists,  academics, students and a range of different communities across the region to explore how the arts can cast light on the hidden face of the peace, not just in Northern Ireland but other societies emerging from a history of conflict, including South Africa and the Balkans. Events will include specially devised performances, talks, seminars and round-table discussions.

All events will be free and all are welcome to attend, especially community leaders and members, ex-combatants, students and artists of all kinds.

The conference will begin with a special preview screening of Margo Harkin’s new film, “The Far Side of Revenge” based on Teya Sepinuck’s Northern Ireland Theatre of Witness projects. Other participants include:

Aleš Kurt  (Creative Director) and Belma Lizde-Kurt (Associate Director), Aparat Theatre Company, Sarajevo

Anna Newell- Artistic Director, Replay Theatre Company

Michelle Young- Co-founder of The Belfast/ Sarajevo Initiative

Jane Taylor, University of Witwatersrand

Aja Marneweck, University of Capetown

Owen McCafferty, Dramatist, Belfast

Hjalmar Jorge Joffre- Eichhorn, Co-founder, Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization

Dave Duggan, Dramatist, Derry

Declan Keeney, Queen’s University Belfast

Ed Moloney, Belfast Project/ Boston College Archive

Cahal McLaughlin, The Prison Memory Archive

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Please see attached details of the “Nine Tenths Under” Conference which is being co-organised by the School of Creative Arts and the Derry based ICAN organisation, and will include presentations from Michelle Young and myself, as well as Declan Keeney and our new Professor of Film Cahal McLaughlin.

Because of the capacity of the Brian Friel Theatre we are limited to 120 delegates in all, but we have agreed that about a quarter of these will be from Queen’s (staff, PG and UG students). Registration is free, but we would ask that you only sign up if you are able to attend the whole event. Do please contact me in the first instance if you would like to be involved or have any queries.

There will also be a series of self-contained workshops here at Queen’s from 16-19 March on the theme of “Whose Voice is it Anyway” looking at the ethics of story-telling in Applied Drama. These will explore a variety of ways of theatricalising personal narratives, using puppetry and ventriloquism. Jane Taylor, who recently gave a paper here on some of her own use of puppetry in South Africa, and her colleague Aja Marneweck will facilitate some of these sessions, alongside the dramatist, Owen McCafferty. There are still a few places on these workshops, so please let me know if you would like to discuss participating in this programme which will feed into the conference itself the following weekend.