Aiming at Earth

Contains strong and abusive language and a scene of a sexual nature.

Performances:

Unity Theatre, Hope Place, Liverpool

Wed 1st April to Sat 4th April 2009

at 8pm

'Aiming at Earth' is set in1961 and is built around ten characters, all of whom live in the streets off the once bustling Scotland Road area, where John Dillon was born and where he spent his formative years. It is not a 'rose tinted' nostalgic look at the 'good old days down Scottie' but a reflection of the true strengths and weaknesses that existed within that community. There is much humour to be found in the dialogue and relationships but there is also ignorance and innocence, tension and tragedy.

Two young mates, Tommy McShane and Vinnie Rooney, are, perhaps, John Dillon's eyes and ears of the time. They encounter Mr McLennane, a character based upon a real man who was one of the few people from the West Indies to settle in the area. The boys articluate an acquired but innocent racism (if such a thing can exist) towards this newcomer. Others, however, are more overt and offensive in their bigotry. McLennane is not cowed by this and affirms his right to equality and dignity.

Copyright Vauxy Theatre 2009

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