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Forever Fathers stage powerful new drama 30.09.08

BUNCRANA will later this week stage a powerful new drama commissioned by the support group for unmarried male parents, Forever Fathers.
The play is entitled 'A Far Cry....'. and it tells the story of Eddie, an unmarried father of two who has recently split from the mother of his children.
It explores the mental trauma that follows for the main character who has no rights under Irish family law. Coupled with the lack of contact with his children, Eddie goes down a path where he tragically contemplates taking his own life.
Don McNeill who is on the Forever Fathers committee in Buncrana said funding has allowed the organisers to stage the play free of charge to the audience. “This is a very real issue especially in rural areas such as Donegal because there is little or no support for single fathers.
"We decided that a play would be an excellent way to highlight the problems being faced by these men and the issue of suicide which many face.”
The play's director Jonathan Burgess has worked on many projects concerned with conflict resolution and issue-based theatre. “Theatre provides a great opportunity to express themes
Derry actor Stephen Bradley in a scene from 'A Far Cry...'
and issues around topics such as this. Theatre provides that forum and from the feedback the company is getting from Forever Fathers, it seems that they are very happy with the voice we have created for them. Now the show is ready to be seen," he said.
The play has been made possible with money from the Dormant Accounts Fund and ESB Electric Aid.
It will tour six venues across the county and will play St. Mary’s Hall, Buncrana on Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 8pm. The final performance will be on Saturday, Octoner 4 in Stranorlar. All performances are free. Don McNeill said it was important that the play was accessible to all.
"The issues involved affect everyone; the ex partner, the father, the grandparents, relatives and friends and most of all those who are paramount… the children. "Forever Fathers seeks to promote the child’s welfare, parental equality, mediation, understanding and good relations and we hope that our work in this area can be enhanced by the production," he said.
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