An explosively topical play about institutional corruption in Northern Ireland.
Caroline is a detective Sergeant in the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Used to doing battle against the ingrained sexism of her male colleagues, she begins to suspect something much worse: systematised collaboration between the RUC and the loyalist terrorists of the UDA.
Gary Mitchell's play The Force of Change was first staged at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2000. It won the George Devine Award, and Gary Mitchell won the 2000 Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright.
CAST INCLUDED: Stuart Graham, Cathy White, Jason Isaacs, Stephen Kennedy.
This is a superb piece of theatre. Robert Delamere's production is a must-see, must think-about.
The Sunday Times
Urgent, compulsive and even essential.
Gary Mitchell has concocted an exciting theatrical battle of wills and personalities.
The Evening Standard
THE FORCE OF CHANGE’ mixes visceral theatrical excitement with a coolly provocative analysis of political issues. Mitchell's riveting play functions as a potent metaphor for all the confused loyalties and intractable problems in Northern Ireland today.’
A minor revelation…his best play to date, a high-voltage, disputatious examination of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
A nail-biting thriller…one of the very best new plays of the year.
The Daily Express
An interestingly intricate thriller.
...Engrossing, from start to finish.
His best play to date, a high-voltage, disputatious examination of the Royal Ulster Constabulary'
'Mixes visceral excitement with a coolly provocative analysis of political issues'
‘Belfast disillusion and collusion bring gripping controversy back to the Royal Court….a play that mixes visceral theatrical excitement with a coolly provocative analysis of political issues …by the end your great is racing…both Mitchell’s writing and Robert Delamere’s production build up such a terrific head of steam, with the increasingly tense interrogation of the suspects juxtaposed with bruising confrontations between the four police officers, all of whom have different values and priorities.’