In the Name of the SonFollowing its sell-out run at the Lyric Theatre in 2021 and prior to its Edinburgh Festival premiere, In the Name of the Son - The Gerry Conlon Story returns to Belfast.
In the Name of the Son is an exciting play chronicling the extraordinary life of The Guildford 4’s Gerry Conlon following his release from prison in 1989.
Who will ever forget the TV images of a wild-eyed, fist-pumping man, storming up to a bank of microphones outside The Old Bailey, proclaiming to the world, “I am a totally innocent man!”
The story of what happened next and what kind of man that emerged from 14 years of soul-destroying imprisonment is simply the stuff of legend.
In the Name of the Son charts Conlon’s remarkable journey into ‘freedom’ as he received and spent over £1million pounds, became a cause-celebre at the Hollywood Oscars and ran in the same circles as Johnny Depp, Shane McGowan and Daniel Day Lewis. Conlon seemed to have it all but away from the glamour, fuelled by an addiction to crack-cocaine, his life was spiralling out of control.
Plagued with the guilt of believing he was responsible for the death of his father, Guiseppe, in prison, Gerry Conlon struggled with powerful self-loathing. When he found himself searching bins in the backstreets of London for food, he knew he had to do something. What emerges from the darkness is Conlon’s resilience and his eventual life-changing recovery to beat his demons and become a world-renowned human rights campaigner against miscarriages of justice, similar to his own.
Written by Gerry’s lifelong friend Richard O’Rawe and Martin Lynch, the play explores the triumph of the human spirit over extreme adversity. A great story of hope.
“Shaun Blaney delivers a tour de force one-man performance” – Irish News
“What a tour de force from actor, Shaun Blaney! From the very first minutes, I was immediately drawn into the extraordinary life of Gerry Conlon. It was a raw performance, beautifully written, insightful and carefully produced.”– BBC Radio Ulster
“I haven’t stopped talking about this play since I saw it…just incredible.” -Robin Elliott, (Northern Visions Community TV)
“Two hours of blistering theatre” – Culture Crush