Lockerbie 103 premiered at FORUM 28, in BARROW
on 20 February 2003. DES DILLON’s compelling new drama
then went on national tour throughout the United Kingdom.
On the 21st December 1988 Pan Am flight 103 exploded over
Lockerbie killing 270 people. Thirteen years later a young
American tourist arrives in a small village in Dumfries and
Galloway close to the town. Staying in a local B&B he
encounters a variety of characters, each one having been deeply
affected by the outrage. As their stories unfold we discover
that first appearances count for very little when the truth
is on trial.
Commissioned by The Ashton Group from award winning writer
DES DILLON and inspired by the book Cover Up of Convenience:
The Hidden Scandal of Lockerbie by investigative journalists
JOHN ASHTON and IAN FERGUSON, both of whom have assisted and
consulted on this tough new drama. Cover Up Of Convenience
examined the case against the Libyans, but also cast doubt
on the official investigation and subsequent trial. DES DILLON
has created a fictional set of characters, through whose eyes
we see a possible miscarriage of justice unfold. Told with
a compassion and humour that is thought provoking, stimulating
yet totally accessible. LOCKERBIE 103 is based on facts that
are all within the public domain.
Directed by RACHEL ASHTON; design ANDREW WOOD, lighting design
PAUL COLLEY with music by composed by OLLY FOX.
Cast GEORGE SAVVIDES, NATHAN NOLAN, SHEENA PENSON, IAN BLOWER
and RONAN PATERSON.
DES DILLON is a poet, short story writer, novelist and dramatist
for film, television and stage. His novel MA AND MA GAL was
short listed for the Saltire award and he has twice received
the Scottish Arts Council Writers Award. In the year 2000
he won the Television Arts Performance award for New Television
Writing for his comedy drama SIX BLACK CANDLES which was subsequently
an International Festival of Playwriting winner in 2001.
TARA ARTS is renowned for pioneering cross-cultural theatre.
It is one of Britain’s longest-established touring theatre
companies. Tara have collaborated with and supported the Ashton
Group in the development of this new script.
‘ . . . not to be missed . . . I found
myself totally absorbed’
North West Evening Mail
‘. . . in a world of lies
we owe Des Dillon and The Ashton Group our thanks’
of the departing characters are drooping under the weight
of the unveiled truth and the wearisome emotional impact
of its implications. What doesn’t droop at any point
in the play, however, are your eyelids, as the sharpness
of the script and the ability of the actors juxtaposed with
the relevance of the accusatory theme, has you jumping on
the proverbial bandwagon of burgeoning anti-Americanism.'
The Warwick Boar