4th - 6th April 2019
Written and performed by two-time Scotsman Fringe First Winner John McCann (Spoiling, Traverse Theatre 2014, DUPed 2018) and directed by Erasmus McKenna.
The Reverend Dr. Ian Kyle Paisley was once a young, firebrand, fundamentalist preacher from the heart of Ulster’s Bible Belt. He toured towns and villages booming populist, sectarian politics in increasingly incendiary times; a bogeyman or bellwether for generations to come.
Based upon extensive interviews with campaigners, activists and journalists DUPed explores the legacy and continuing impact of Paisley and his Democratic Unionist Party on those who oppose extreme religious and social conservatism.
Written by John McCann
Directed by Erasmus Mackenna
'McCann is a clear and evocative storyteller, and the journey he takes us on is captivating – yet the real power of his play is in it’s finale.' **** The Scotsman
'DUPed is a masterpiece in conversational storytelling... DUPed is not to be missed.' ***** Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
'For many people there, this was either a condemnation needing to be heard or a confirmation of their own views that is now given the evidence to back up the idea that along with right wing movements in Europe, the Trump administration and the DUP there is an all out assault on the freedoms and choices of our recent history.' Fringe Review