Drama: The Olive Tree

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“The Olive Tree ” by Katie O’Kelly


From a dull day in Tesco to the dusty fields of Palestine. In the blink of an eye.  What the fuck just happened?

‘She’s speaking to me. The olive tree.
Something tells me we’re not in Dublin anymore.’

Its a rainy day in Dublin. As a jaded supermarket employee rips a boycott sticker off a bottle of olive oil the Palestinian olive tree of history comes to life before her…

The play is a magic-realist journey into stories and struggles of Palestine, past, present and future.  It is also a reflection on the world of ‘intimate distance’ we are each embedded in with all the implications of our consumer choices. Though it begins in Dublin it could equally be Derry.”

We are delighted to have secured The Olive Tree as the culminating event of this year’s Bloody Sunday March programme of events.

The play is written and performed by Katie O’Kelly.

Venue: The Playhouse Theatre

Playhouse Telephone: 028 71 268027

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Admission: £8 / (£6 Concessionary)

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Katie O’Kelly in “The Olive Tree”

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Context 2017

One World One Struggle

Bloody Sunday was inflicted on the people of Derry.  But it has resonated around the world.  It is a local issue relevant to people everywhere.

Over the 45 years since British paratroopers erupted into the working-class Bogside area with rifles spitting death at civil rights marchers, representatives of victims of State violence from both sides of the Atlantic, from Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere, have travelled to Derry to take part in the annual commemoration and give substance to the idea of 'One World, One Struggle'. 

The British Government still sets its face Iike flint against telling the full truth about the Derry massacre.  A long Inquiry reported in 2010 that all the dead and wounded had been unlawfully shot. Despite this, the Report stopped well short of proposing prosecution of the killers - and pointed no finger of`blame at the senior military officers who had sent the Paras in, or at the politicians who had connived at the assault and then orchestrated a cover-up.

This is always the way when it comes to the violence of imperialism.

Only the persistence of family members and their supporters forced a police investigation. We await the outcome. One reason the British authorities fear the facts about Bloody Sunday is that this massacre cannot be ascribed to warring Irish factions. This was an authentically British atrocity.

Past commemorations have featured African Americans, Palestinians, former Guantanamo prisoners, victims of police violence in Britain etc., as well as members of other families bereaved by murder here in the North, in many cases murder inflicted by State agents and then systematically lied about to protect the same undercover agents.

Lectures, debates and cultural events are highlighted, economic struggles, women’s rights, gay rights, the rights of the environment, and many other examples of`oppression.  We have commemorated, too, the killing of other innocent people by non-State groups - Dublin Monaghan, Birmingham, Shankill, Greysteel, the Ormeau bookies, etc.

We believe that the programme we have produced this year puts Bloody Sunday in its proper context, an extreme example of the fact that, commonly, it’s innocent people who pose no threat to anyone who bear the brunt of conflict.

The trek towards truth and justice has been long and sometimes arduous. But we keep on keeping on because the cause is just and gives good example to the one world in which we all struggle. 

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