One from the archives #2: ‘Just Another Saturday In the City’

To Scotland this time for a comparison of depictions of the Protestant working class in Glasgow and Belfast through a brief examination of the classic ‘Play for Today’ installments by Peter McDougall, and the plays of Rathcoole playwright Gary Mitchell. This article appeared in the now defunct ‘Fortnight’ magazine in December 2007. EDIT: I’ve linkedContinue reading “One from the archives #2: ‘Just Another Saturday In the City’”

The Protestant working class and popular culture: the case of Ruefrex continued

You might recall that a few weeks ago I posted a video by the band Ruefrex. Ruefrex are a perfect counterpoint to the tired argument that ‘Prods had no culture’. Indeed, careful observers of Northern Ireland music in the late 1970s and early 1980s would be hard pushed not to give the band credit forContinue reading “The Protestant working class and popular culture: the case of Ruefrex continued”

A homecoming for Billy

In May the Lyric Theatre in Belfast will stage the newest installment of the ‘Billy’ plays by Belfast playwright Graham Reid. The earlier incarnations of these much-loved stories of Protestant working-class life in Belfast were big draws when they were first aired on BBC television as part of the network’s legendary ‘Play for Today’ series.Continue reading “A homecoming for Billy”