News & Events

Updated 14th November 2016

‌The Medals All Round Research Initiative (MARRI) 
A research project funded by Living Legacies 1914-18


On 29 February 2016, The Medals All Round Research Initiative (MARRI) culminated in an event at the Lyric Theatre Belfast with a presentation of the performances, plays and films that have emerged from our work with a variety of community groups from around Northern Ireland. The project began with a group of former QUB students being brought to each of the groups to perform an excerpted version of Dr. Brenda Winter-Palmer’s play The Medal in the Drawer. With the play as inspiration and a starting point, the groups, with the help of a facilitator, began to explore their own ideas and knowledge of the war as we remember it in Northern Ireland.

Please see a video of the groups presenting their work.

Top of Page

Updated 4th August 2016

2016-08-04 # Medals all around pic1‌The Medals All Round Research Initiative (MARRI) 

On 29 February 2016, The Medals All Round Research Initiative (MARRI) culminated in an event at the Lyric Theatre Belfast with a presentation of the performances, plays and films that have emerged from our work with a variety of community groups from around Northern Ireland.

The project began with a group of former QUB students being brought to each of the groups to perform an excerpted version of Dr. Brenda 

2016-08-04 # Medals all around pic2Winter-Palmer’s play The Medal in the Drawer. With the play as inspiration and a starting point, the groups, with the help of a facilitator, began to explore their own ideas and knowledge of the war as we remember it in Northern Ireland. 

On the night of the 29th, three of the groups involved presented their work in the form of an on-stage performance, devised and performed by the group itself, two presented films, and finally, the participants from Hydebank Wood College (an educational facility for incarcerated young offenders) wrote a play that was performed by students from the Lyric Theatre’s Drama Studio.

2016-08-04 # Medals all around pic3The event was a remarkable opportunity to reflect on the way the First World War resonates in contemporary memory here in Northern Ireland, and allowed these diverse groups to meet and discuss the many different ways in which the War lives on, uniquely, in our lives today, and gave them an opportunity to share their experiences of working on the project.

The groups that MARRI worked with, and who presented their work at the Lyric on the 29th with were as follows: 

  • 2016-08-04 # Medals all around pic4Resurgam Trust, Lisburn—6-16-year-olds
  • Rathcoole Youth Group—14-18-year-old teenagers—This group made their film on location at the National Museums in Dublin thanks to an additional grant from the Newtownabbey Council.‌
  • Omagh Live and Learn Group—Retired men and women over 50 (sessions held at the Ulster-American Folk Park in Omagh)‌‌
  • Tonagh Women’s Group, Lisburn—‘women of a certain age’
  • Bobosh—teenagers and young adults with disabilities
  • Hydebank Wood College—Young offenders

 

Please see a video of the groups presenting their work.

Top of Page

Updated 16th February 2016

2016-03-16 = MEDALS ALL ROUND

MEDALS ALL ROUND
Wednesday 16th March from 1.00pm to 2.00pm - Room BA00008, Ulster University Belfast Campus, York Street - ADMISSION: Free

USING DRAMA TO EXPLORE FIRST WORLD WAR HISTORY

Inspired by Brenda Winter-Palmer’s play, The Medal in the Drawer, a story of four young Belfast men who head off to fight in the First World War, the Medals All Round Research Initiative (MAARI) is led by a group of academics and practitioners from Queen’s University, Ulster University and the Lyric Theatre in Belfast to engage a diverse range of community groups throughout Northern Ireland in exploring history through drama. Members of the MARRI team, Brenda Winter-Palmer and Kurt Taroff (Queen’s) and Johanne Devlin Trew (Ulster) will be joined for this workshop by actors to present excerpts of the play, followed by a Q & A discussion about how drama may be used by local communities to explore the contested pasts of this island during the current Decade of Commemorations.

The Medal in the Drawer charts the tensions on the streets of Belfast in the years leading up to the outbreak of the European conflict, the Battle of the Somme and how the news of that devastating defeat was received back in Belfast. Their journey’s end is in the horror and pity of the Battle of Passchendale.

SPONSORED BY THE LIVING LEGACIES 1914-18 ENGAGEMENT CENTRE (ULSTER AND QUEEN’S UNIVERSITIES AND NATIONAL MUSEUMS NI) IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LYRIC THEATRE, BELFAST.

VENUE: Room BA00008, Ulster University Belfast Campus, York Street
DATE: Wednesday 16th March
TIME: 1pm–2pm
ADMISSION: Free

For more information please visit https://imaginebelfast.com/events/medals-all-round/

Top of Page