Downs play returns by popular demand

After a very successful year Raymond Murray’s play ‘Down’s But Not Out’ is back by popular demand.

It returns to Banbridge on Thursday, August 1 at Iveagh Movie Studios at 8pm.

Tickets are £8. To book go to or phone 4066 2666.

The play will also be performed in St Mary’s University College on the Fall’s Road in Belfast on August 2.

The show starts at 7.30pm and admission is £5 at the door.

The award-winning Down’s But Not Out was written by Raymond Murray. It focuses on two identical settings and 50 years apart. Luke is born with Down’s syndrome, the third child of Pete and Jayne Sharkey. Contrast the negative reaction of 1960 with the embrace of 2010. Follow Luke’s formative years across both eras, through birth, education, social life and employment. And see how the person hasn’t changed, but your attitude to him has.

Down’s But Not Out tells with passion and humour the story of the life of a young person with Down’s syndrome. With a beautifully poignant soundtrack linking each scene, this play will generate every emotion; laughter, tears, anger, sympathy and ultimately the joy of Luke’s triumph.

It stars Mark Blevins, Aaron Murphy, Karen McConville, Sinéad Owens, David Michael Murphy, Jonny McGuinness, Nikki O’Hara, Michael McAleenan, Ruairí Coleman, Geraldine Owens and Brendan Magee.