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 appalling
tragedy is being brought to the stage in a new play
presented by Tryst.
"The Lockerbie Bomber" by
Kenneth Ross dramatises the search for the truth about
the 1988 outrage.
Tryst will perform the premiere of the harrowing and
hard-hitting play in Falkirk on Saturday May 26. The
six parts are taken by Jim Allan, Alan Clark, Carol
Clark, Rhona Law, Craig Murray and Brian Paterson.
Director Alan Clark said: “The play is set in
the present day and looks at the Lockerbie bombing from
three different perspectives – the victims’
families, journalists investigating the case, and the
UK and US security services engaged in cynically covering
up what happened.”
The play, which explores this veil of secrecy, is described
as “docu-drama faction” and links Grangemouth,
Greenock, Glasgow and Guantanamo Bay in the gritty and
fast-moving 70-minute piece.
“The writer says it’s a mix of fact and
fiction plus conspiracy theories and some interesting
speculation,” explained Alan. “We were attracted
to it because it’s new, challenging, contemporary
theatre and the issues surrounding the bombing are currently
front-page news all round the world. Twenty-four years
on, Lockerbie still looms large over Scotland and there
are still unanswered questions over what happened that
night and who is ultimately responsible for two hundred
and seventy deaths.
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.”"
The premiere of "The Lockerbie Bomber"
takes place on Saturday May 26 at 8pm in Falkirk Town
Hall. Tickets, £7 and £5 (concessions) are
available from the Tryst Theatre Box Office on 01324
715886, from the Steeple Box Office on 01324 506850,
from club members or at the door on the night.