Cure at Troy

1st - 28th February 2019, 12.00am


Heaney’s masterful retelling of Sophocles “Philoctetes” was originally staged at a time when Great Victoria Street, including the Europa Hotel, was a target for repeated bombings. It explores how someone wounded and left behind may hold the key to ending the conflict, and despite being repeatedly quoted at key times in the early years of the peace process (notably by Bill Clinton, who stayed in the Europa during his first visit to the city). It is arguable that the key lessons of this play have never really been learned here.

A group of public figures perform a rehearsed reading of Seamus Heaney’s The Cure at Troy under the direction of Trevor Gill of Bright Umbrella Theatre Company. Those taking part include “Linen Quarter” MLAs Claire Hanna and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.

The Cure at Troy was held in February 2019 as part of the Four Corners Festival, and was sponsored by the Linen Quarter BID.