January 30th 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Derry. As the City came together to commemorate the event, a bold new piece of musical theatre was staged in the Guildhall - the intended, but never reached, destination for the fateful 1972 Civil Rights march.
Commissioned by Derry’s Playhouse Theatre, The White Handkerchief sought to create a dramatic elegy to the fourteen killed alongside those others injured, and to catalyse a bold creative legacy from those devastating events.
The result is a bold experiment which renders the events of Bloody Sunday on a vivid new audio visual canvas and seeks to inspire a new generation of local talent in musical theatre, offering a bright and unexpected legacy of that day 50 years ago.
For IFFL 2022, we are proud to host both this exciting film which covers the creation of Kieran Griffiths play, but also a live performance, recreating scenes from the play itself, in the cinema. Film director Vinny Cunningham and theatre director Kieran Griffiths will also join us for a Q&A on the entire creative process.