Norman’s story is brought to life in a one-man show with original music written and performed by his grandson Richard Clements and directed by Matthew McElhinney.
Described as “a very powerful and heartfelt performance”, this show will return to Lyric theater from September 6 to 10 after a successful launch earlier this year.
An evocative and compellingly powerful work, sometimes terrifying and uniquely thought-provoking. Richard takes the audience on a fascinating and wonderfully imaginative journey into the heart of a man trying to regain his place in society. The story unfolds as he summons the old Tonic Cinema in Bangor and welcomes the ghosts of his past, the old projector flickers, the dust settles and Norman Clements finds his voice for the first time.
Richard Clements, Norman’s grandson, takes the audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions, highlighting the impact of the experience of war and its impact on one man’s life, while showing the shared experiences of many who serve, even now. Richard said: “How to Bury a Dead Mule is my tribute to my grandfather and others like him who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for their country, my attempt to keep these old stories alive through the magic of music and theatre. and to give the audience a sense of what it was like to be around a man deeply affected by his experience.’
Director Matthew McElhinney added: “Having the opportunity to work on this deep and insightful play by Richard Clements about his late grandfather is a privilege and a pleasure for me to direct, and I am excited about the very bright future of this play.”
The production was sponsored by Clear Pharmacy, NI State War Memorial Museum, Northern Ireland Digital Film Archive and Doyle Shipping Group.
Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Lyric Theater by phone at 028 90381081 or online at [email protected]