Material relating to the production Up to the Sun and Down to the Centre (1984)

Scope and Content

This series contains production materials for Up to the Sun and Down to the Centre including scripts and draft scripts, research materials, correspondence, press cuttings and photographs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Up to the Sun and Down to the Centre by Peter Cox, directed by Danny Boyle and designed by Margot Harkin at the Royal Court in 1984, was comissioned by the English Stage Company and won Cox the George Devine, Most Promising New Playwright Award, 1983. To create the work Cox and Boyle went to stay in ‘The Bogside’, Derry/Londonderry for 4-6 weeks shortly after the 1981 hunger strikes in the H-Blocks. It was a time of intense police and army activity. Cox interviewed young people as a way of bringing their voices to the attention of the public and to tell the 'other side' of the story. Cox interviewed around 100 people in order to create an ‘amalgam’ of experiences and stories which he condensed into a handful of characters.

Conditions Governing Access

Parts of this series are closed until 01 Jan 2084, please see file level for more detail.

Related Material

See THM/273 English Stage Company/Royal Court Theatre archive.