Fire Below (A War of Words) was a companion piece to Quietly commissioned by the Abbey Theatre Dublin and produced as a joint production with the Lyric Theatre Belfast.

What happens to reconciliation when there is no one specific act of violence to reconcile?

Gerry & Rosemary and Tom & Maggie are neighbouring couples who have lived through conflict from a distance. Now, nearly 20 years on from the Belfast Peace Agreement, they sit on Gerry and Rosemary’s deck having a glass of wine on a nice summer’s evening, putting the world to rights while waiting for the 11th night bonfire to be lit in the estate below. Yet there is something missing – the truth. What they actually think about each other is only ever one unguarded comment away. And who knows when and from where that comment will come.


Directed by jimmy fay


Cast includes

Gerry: Frankie McCafferty

Maggie: Ali White

Tom: Ruairi Conaghan

Rosemary: Cara Kelly

Director: Jimmy Fay

Assistant Director: Emily Foran

Set Design: Paula McCafferty

Costume Design: Una Hickey

Music & Sound Design: Conor Mitchell

Lighting Design: Sinéad McKenna

Production Manager: Cliff Barragry

Stage Manager: Anne Kyle

’deeply thought provoking and irresistibly enjoyable’
— Arts Review