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Two Angry Men with Toto and Robina Ellis

Date(s) - 24/01/2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


In commemoration of James Ellis.

The event will include:

  • A screening of the film ‘Two Angry Men’ starring Adrian Dunbar, Conleth Hill and Michael Smiley and directed by Toto Ellis

  • A reading of excerpts from ‘Troubles Over the Bridge’ by James Ellis, read by Stuart Graham (The Fall)*

  • A Q&A discussion with Toto Ellis (director of ‘Two Angry Men’, son of James Ellis) and Robina Ellis (producer of the ‘Two Angry Men’, widow of James Ellis)

On January 26th 1960, Sam Thompson’s play ‘Over the Bridge’ opened in Belfast at The Empire Theatre despite numerous attempts to censor or block it from being performed.  The play dared to tackle the subject of religious division in the Belfast shipyards. Whilst many establishment figures tried to suggest it would lead to civil unrest, none such trouble emerged.  The play was a barnstorming success, with over 40,000 people attending (many of them shipyard workers) and with Laurence Olivier bringing the play to the London stage. The play is credited with drawing attention to a vital and pivotal moment within the history of Northern Ireland.

60 years on, the Linen Hall Library is proud to present the film ‘Two Angry Men’ which documents the battle of Thompson and Ellis to stage the play.  We are also delighted to be welcoming the actor Stuart Graham who will read excerpts from the late, great James Ellis’ book ‘Troubles Over the Bridge’.  The book offers a rich insight into this period and the battle against the establishment to stage the play.

*subject to availability in case of other commitments



Bookings are closed for this event.

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