5 November 1998 Edition

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Binlids - a roaring success in New York

Following its sell-out run in at the Angel Orsanz Foundation in New York's Lower East Side, the play's director, Pam Brighton, spoke to An Phoblacht.

``The play was greeted with critical acclaim by all the press in New York, with the exception of the politically-motivated New York Times.

``It appeared to have tremendous impact on the audience - Irish, Irish-American and American. It also created a significant impact not just in terms of press coverage but also radio and TV coverage.

``We were wonderfully supported by a group of people in New York who gave up their time for free to build, bartend and usher. There was a huge hospitality shown by a number of New York's Irish bars who gave free food and drink.

``For the women who went it was tremendous that they felt they could come out to New York and hold their own.''

Director Pam Brighton also recieved an award from New York City Council for her inspired leadership of Dubbeljoint and its contribution to Irish American cultural life - at the start of a three year exchange programme between New York and Belfast.

Sadly the `Northern Ireland' Arts Council felt this highly acclaimed and important project was not worthy of their financial support.

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