Behind Closed Walls
written & directed by Daryl J. Blair
In an alternate future, a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been completed. And The Troubles have returned to the streets of Belfast.
A British Army Recruit was in the wrong place at the wrong time. They have been taken by a Paramilitary group and kept under guard until it has been decided what to do with them. Their guard is a Volunteer, hoping to prove their worth and rise in the ranks.
Will the Recruit give up any information? Will they let the Recruit leave with his life? And will the Recruit and the Volunteer realise that there is more to them than meets the eye?
‘That’s when I knew, and hundreds knew. There was only one way for peace. To fight.’
Behind Closed Walls is a hard hitting, humorous and thought-provoking new Irish play by Daryl J. Blair, inspired by his upbringing in Belfast. With an all-Irish Cast, the play premiered at Camden Fringe 2022 at the Hen and Chickens Theatre.
Press for this production
‘Both actors are very believable and give the play and their characters the light and shade that they need. At times the play is humorous, at others gripping, and Blair has a knack for writing believable dialogue that must be admired… Blair, as director, knows instinctively when to push the play on and there are moments when you can hear the audience reacting with shock, but he also knows when to let it relax so that the next climax is fully realised. Highly recommended!’ ★★★★ London Theatre 1
‘Blair, as the writer, director, and actor in the piece, alongside Tiernan Mullane, has created a beautifully bare-bones two-hander full of twists and turns’ ★★★★ Always Time for Theatre
‘an interesting two hander… the two players are on form, and the suspense as to who will survive is held right up to the final blackout.’ Reviewsgate
‘Blair’s production is a welcome addition to theatre’s response to an age-old, and still intractable, question’ Broadway World
Behind Closed Walls
Written and directed by Daryl J. Blair
Assistant Director|Phoebe Cresswell
Tiernan Mullane and Daryl J. Blair