Lockerbie’s controversial play lands in Macrobert

Tryst Theatre's production of 'The Lockerbie Bomber'
Tryst Theatre's production of 'The Lockerbie Bomber'
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Falkirk’s Tryst Theatre will be taking their controversial new play ‘The Lockerbie Bomber’ to the Macrobert Playhouse next month.

The play, written by Kenneth N. Ross, was performed at Falkirk Town Hall back in May and that looked to be the end of its run. However, after receiving some tremendous comments from those who saw the hard-hitting drama, it is now scheduled for four more showings at the Stirling University-based theatre on Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9.

Director Alan Clark said: “We performed the play only once and that was it. Afterwards we had lots of great feedback and one review saying we should do it again.

“The cast was keen to do more performances, but we felt if we waited for opportunities to come to us, they might never come. So the Macrobert Playhouse Theatre has been booked for two nights where we will do two performances on both nights.”

The Tryst even formed their own “ad hoc” touring ensemble - “The Nugget Theatre Company” - to put on the production.

“It will allow us to reach a wider audience,” said Alan.

Pan Am Flight 103, a transatlantic flight from London Heathrow Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, was bombed on Wednesday, December 21, 1988. The Boeing 747 was totally destroyed killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members and large sections of the plane crashed into Lockerbie, in southern Scotland, killing a further 11 people on the ground.

Tryst Theatre’s ‘The Lockerbie Bomber’ is set in the present day and looks at the bombing from three different perspectives - the victims’ families, journalists investigating the case and the UK and US security services looking to cover up what happened.

The 75-minute drama links Grangemouth, Greenock, Glasgow and Guantanamo Bay in a gritty and fast-paced narrative that will have the audience gripped from start to finish.

Alan said: “It’s been over 20 years, but Lockerbie still looms large over Scotland and there are unanswered questions over what happened that night and who is responsible for hundreds of deaths.

“As one of the characters says ‘a few people, high up in the US and UK Governments, know exactly what happened, but they are never going to tell us’.”

Tryst chairman Frank Murray said: “It is very much a though provoking production.”

‘The Lockerbie Bomber’ will be performed at the Macrobert at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on both nights.

Tickets are now available from the Macrobert Box Office on 01786 466666.

Visit www.macrobert.org or www.trysttheatre.org.uk for more information.