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16 October 2014
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Joe McDowell, who played the Groom, tells his story Image of Joe McDowell

I played Damian, the groom, in the Wedding Community Play. It was cross-community groups all over Belfast and from Ballybeen, Ardoyne, the Shankill, New Lodge, Short Strand, that’s why all of us came together. It all started off with a load of meetings at the start and this was the idea that came out of it, of a big cross-community play and the idea came up of a wedding - a Protestant and Catholic wedding. And then it was just all the sort of improvisation process went on, and then Martin and Marie Jones, they went away and wrote separate scripts.

Because it was a mixed marriage, it sort of highlighted the problems that go on with the both sides of the families. I mean like as far as you’re concerned, the bride and groom, they were in love, and nothing mattered - but it was more so their families, what they thought. I would never have thought that a mixed marriage would have been so hard, so much hard work. Because of the sort of issues of where they are going to live, what’s the children going to be called, are they going to be brought up Catholic, Protestant? It just never entered my head before, I never looked into it as much until the actual script came along.

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