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Stage & Screen Symposium at AIHS To Focus on Post-Conflict Works

Academics, actors and playwrights are to share the stage at a one-day symposium in New York on post-conflict theatre and film in the North of Ireland. 

The Stage & Screen gathering on 30 April will be a joint initiative of the American Irish Historical Society on Fifth Avenue and Queen's University Belfast. 

"We want to explore how the arts have handled the legacies of the conflict in the 25 years since the Good Friday Agreement," AIHS Director Dr. Elizabeth Stack told the Irish Echo. 

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"As Owen McCafferty's award-winning play Agreement is currently running in the Irish Arts Centre, this colloquium will not just mark the remarkable milestone in modern Irish history that the Good Friday Agreement represents, but will reflect on the critical role that the creative arts have played in dealing with the difficult legacies of the Troubles," she added. 

Speakers will includen playwright Owen McCafferty, Prof. Brian Singleton of Trinity College Dublin, Paula McFetridge, founder Kabosh Theatre, Prof. Anna Bryson of QUB, Dr Des O’Rawe also of Queen's, and Dr Aoife Monks of Queen Mary University. 

Added Dr Stack: "The AIHS has been proudly non-sectarian since it's founding in 1897 and we are delighted to once again be open and to host this colloquium which examines the modern Irish experience. Partnering with Queen's University on this event is hopefully the first of many ways the AIHS can reach new audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, and fulfil our education mission."

The event is free and open to the public but we prospective attendees should register online here as seating will be limited.