The Arcola Theatre has announced that Evanna Lynch will star in Under the Black Rock, a new play set in 80s Belfast around the time of the Troubles and led by an Irish cast, which will run from 2 to 25 March 2023.
Under the Black Rock is written by Tim Edge, who has spoken extensively to communities who were present in Belfast at the time, and directed by Ben Kavanagh. It is presented by Bluebird Productions and produced by Sam Edmunds.
Further casting to be announced.
The thriller traces the shifting fortunes of a family at the height of Northern Ireland’s violent recent history. County Louth born Evanna Lynch will play Niamh Ryan, a woman who is drawn into the conflict as part of a community where no one is quite who they seem and anybody may be an enemy.
With twists and turns of plot, and laced with gallows humour, Under the Black Rock poses questions about family loyalty, morality and how young men and women are drawn into violence.
Evanna Lynch said:
“I’m honoured to be part of this production of Under the Black Rock, a play that boldly and compassionately explores the topic of violent extremism during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, a period in history that even as a child I knew only to ask about in hushed tones. Even today, it’s a topic you learn to tread lightly around so I was moved by the way this play manages to prompt deep reflection of the past and its bearing on the future. I’m thrilled to be working with Tim and Ben to help tell this story.”