Runtime: 2h 20m
With the Northern Ireland Protocol in the news, it’s timely that the Arcola is hosting Tim Edge’s play about a Northern Irish family living through the Troubles in the 1980s. Former Harry Potter actor Evanna Lynch (she played Luna Lovegood) is a Belfast woman whose family and children are drawn into the conflict. Living in a community where violence is commonplace and local and family loyalties and personal morality are sometimes in opposition. With Martin McDonagh and Jez Butterworth both writing with perception and eloquence around the subject, this could be a hard act to follow, but one that offers new insights and brings back to life a period of fear and extremism that the Good Friday Agreement made a thing of the past. Or could old loyalties reassert themselves if the political future shifts?
Posing questions about family loyalty, morality and how young men and women are drawn into violence, Under the Black Rock is a play set in Belfast around the time of the Troubles, starring Evanna Lynch, best known for her role as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films. With twists and turns of plot, and laced with gallows humour, the thriller traces the shifting fortunes of a family at the height of Northern Ireland’s violent recent history. Evanna Lynch will play Niamh Ryan, a woman who is drawn into the conflict as part of a community where secrecy and treachery are commonplace, and no one is quite who they seem. As the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement approaches, Under the Black Rock is a pertinent reminder of Northern Ireland’s turbulent recent history. Age Recommendation: 16+ Content warning: Under the Black Rock is set in Belfast during the Troubles and contains language and attitudes common at that time. The play also includes suicide references and brief scenes of torture, terrorism and domestic violence.