The Shankill is the people: that’s according to well-known community worker Jackie Redpath, Chief Executive of the Greater Shankill Partnership regeneration agency. His interview on video is among several shown as part of the play.
Crimea Square is the story of the Shankill over 100 years, from the signing of the Ulster Covenant up to the present day. It includes the IRA bomb at Frizzell’s fish shop on October 23rd 1993. The 20th anniversary will be next week so memories are still fresh and it was a good idea to portray this event using only audio clips from eye witnesses and in almost darkness. When the dialogue stopped, there was a pause for almost one minute during which there was complete silence.
On Wednesday 23rd the community will come together to commemorate the nine people who lost their lives in the blast. An IRA member was also killed when the device exploded prematurely.