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17 October 2014
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Wedding Drama. Image of bride and groom

A number of community drama groups from across the religious divide came together shortly after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement to write a play about the contentious issue of mixed marriage. The script was based on their experiences of having relationships with someone from the 'wrong side' of town. The play, 'The Wedding', was an emotional experience for the audience and community actors alike. Listen to the stories of the people involved in this extraordinary cross-community drama.

Wedding Photo-story
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Image of bride from the Wedding Play
Claire Harkins, who plays the bride, tells her story.
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Joe McDowell, who plays the groom, tells his story
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BBC Newsline reports on the Wedding Community Play just before curtain up.
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The Wedding play was initiated by the following theatre groups: Ballybeen, Stone Chair, Doc Ward, Tongue and Cheek, Shankill and Real Wood. The Wedding play was Martin Lynch's and Jo Egan's idea, and was administered from the Community Arts Forum.

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Check out highlights from 'The Wedding' and experience a wedding video with a difference!

Discover how real life stories were woven into this script.