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Siege Perilous production tackles the Troubles in Northern Ireland

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February 2013

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David Hutchison's play, directed by Andy Corelli, sees a fishing trip turn into hostage situation

Over the last decade, Siege Perilous has cemented itself as one of Edinburgh’s most exciting theatre companies. Their new offering, Too Long the Heart, concerns itself with the burden of the past in Northern Ireland, when a man holidaying in County Cork is suddenly abducted and taken hostage.

It’s the second production to come out of the Avalon Mentorship, a development scheme for new playwrights launched by Siege Perilous in 2011, and is written by Scottish playwright David Hutchison. For Andy Corelli, Siege co-founder and the play’s director, it instantly stood out from the other Avalon Mentorship entries and the recent flag riots in Northern Ireland have added extra poignancy.

‘The play is such an engaging thriller,’ Corelli says. ‘Despite the peace settlement in Northern Ireland, there’s still an uneasy peace lurking, there are still issues that certain people want to fight about. Too Long the Heart is a sad story about how people are locked into the past and how best to move out of it - to let the past help them move forward and not be chained by it.’

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