Fr Des in the Kesh
The chapel in the H-Blocks was the setting for the latest performance of `Des', Dubbeljoint's one-man play about the life of Fr Des Wilson, starring Jim Doran. And Father Des was there himself to see it on Monday 22 May, along with 35 republican prisoners, the writer, Brian Campbell (himself an ex-prisoner), and director Pam Brighton.
``There was great symbolism in the fact that here was a play about free speech, come what may, being performed inside a jail,'' Fr Des said afterwards. ``It was a wonderful experience, and it was great afterwards to be discussing with people who have been through so much whether the jail should be knocked down or part of it preserved as a museum. It was all a very welcome sign that times are changing.''
Jim McVeigh, OC of the republican prisoners, praised everyone associated with the play. ``It is an honour for us to have Des Wilson here with us and we'd like to thank him for all he has done for prisoners over the years. The play has such relevance for prisoners - we could all associate with its portrayal of the forces that gave rise to the conflict in the late sixties and early seventies and of one man's decision to take the side of the people.''