Tryst will perform The
Lockerbie Bomber in the Alman Theatre on January
The bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie killed
270 people and was the worst terrorist atrocity in the
UK. Now, for the first time, the horrific tragedy is
brought to the stage in this new work which lifts the
veil of secrecy thrown over the bombing by successive
Governments and security services.
The harrowing play, which is dedicated to the memory
of the victims of Lockerbie and their families, is set
in the present day and looks at the bombing from three
different perspectives – the victims’ families,
journalists investigating the case and the UK and US
security services engaged in covering up what happened.
It links Grangemouth, Greenock, Glasgow and Guantanamo
Bay in the gritty and fast-moving 75-minute piece.
The play was specially written for Tryst and its six
actors Jim Allan, Alan Clark, Carol Clark, Rhona Law,
Craig Murray and Brian Paterson.
Director Alan Clark said: “Almost twenty-four
years to the day, Lockerbie still looms large over Scotland
and there are still unanswered questions over what happened
that December night and who is ultimately responsible
for two hundred and seventy murders. As one of the characters
says: “A few people, high up in the US and UK
Governments, know exactly what happened, but they’re
never going to tell us.”"
Writer Kenneth N. Ross said: “I wrote the play,
my first, as a reminder that the 270 victims and their
families still await justice. The more I researched
and delved, the clearer it became that Scottish justice
and successive Governments have failed them terribly.
Like all Scots, I was appalled by Lockerbie. And like
a lot of Scots, I personally believe there’s been
a miscarriage of justice and a cover-up.”
And he added: “It has scenes which will shock
and disturb but compared to the horrors that happened
at Lockerbie that night, it’s nothing.”
The play has been seen and welcomed by members of the
Justice for Megrahi group. Founded in November 2008,
the high-profile campaign maintains that the conviction
of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi for the Lockerbie
bombing was a miscarriage of justice and its main objective
is to have Mr al-Megrahi’s conviction quashed.
One of its members is retired Police Superintendent
Iain McKie who was at the premiere. “This is a
challenging and thought-provoking play that brings the
human suffering and political chicanery behind the tragedy
of Lockerbie to vivid and dramatic life. It should be
required viewing for every Scot as a reminder of a disaster
that has become an indelible stain on the reputation
of Scotland and its justice system."
The Lockerbie Bomber is on at the
Alman Theatre on January 17-19 at 8pm. Tickets, £10,
are available form the Alman Box Office on 07929 561