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Besom Productions

Clear The Stage

Director: Margo Harkin
Producer: Fionnuala Sweeney
Broadcaster: Broadcast on 10 March 1998 on BBC Northern Ireland


A 40’ arts documentary about the playwright Frank McGuinness.


In little more than a decade Frank McGuinness produced a body of startlingly imaginative work that has played to audiences all over the world. His plays cross social, cultural and political divides best exemplified in his important work OBSERVE THE SONS OF ULSTER MARCHING TOWARDS THE SOMME, and its companion piece CARTHAGINIANS – about Bloody Sunday in Derry. Both address catastrophic events in the Catholic and Protestant psyche. CLEAR THE STAGE examines the work of this important contemporary Irish writer.

Interviewees include: David Ervine of the Progressive Unionist Party; Trevor Nunn, Director of the National Theatre, London; Brian Keenan, former Beirut hostage and singer/songwriter Marianne Faithful.

Domestic viewing copies available on DVD for £17 (inclusive of VAT) plus postage and packing. For Institutional rates and/or other teaching purposes, please contact Margo at