Charlie-McMenamin_transcript.pdf

Unititled Story, by Charlie McMenamin (story transcript) Deposited

Story Title: Untitled Story, by Charlie McMenamin

Collection: The Memory Project (collection)
Organisation: Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd. (organisation)

Charlie McMenamin gives an account of the impact of the Troubles. He recounts his experience of being arrested in April 1978 when he was 16 years of age and being falsely charged with attempted murder. Charlie served three years in prison. In April 2007 his case went before the Criminal Cases Review Commission and the conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal.

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Title
Untitled Story, by Charlie McMenamin (story details)
Description
The video interview with Charlie McMenamin was carried out by Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd. as part of The Memory Project. It is one of 12 video interviews. The film interview was recorded at Gasyards Arts Centre, Derry on 23 November 2013.
Charlie McMenamin, recounts his conviction at the age of 16 in 1978 for killings during the Troubles and how this was overturned by the Court of Appeal in April 2007.
Creator
Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd.
Publisher
Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd.
Date
2013
Format
Video
Language
English
CAIN: Draft List of Deaths Related to the Conflict in 2010: Kieran Doherty (24 February 2010)
Story Title
Untitled Story, by Charlie McMenamin
Story Available
Yes
Story Format
Video
Story Source
The story has been deposited with Accounts of the Conflict.
Film interview available at website:
https://vimeo.com/120173435
Interview transcript also available:
http://www.smashingtimes.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Interview-with-Charlie-McMenamin-transcript-The-Memory-Project-Smashing-Times-Theatre-Company.pdf
Interviewee Surname
McMenamin
Interviewee Forename(s)
Charlie
Interviewee Gender
Male
Religion
Catholic
Birth Country
Northern Ireland
Previous Address
Bogside, Derry, Northern Ireland;
Creggan, Derry, Northern Ireland.
Status
Civilian
Story Abstract
Charlie McMenamin gives an account of the impact of the Troubles. He recounts his experience of being arrested in April 1978 when he was 16 years of age and being falsely charged with attempted murder. Charlie served three years in prison. In April 2007 his case went before the Criminal Cases Review Commission and the conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal.
Themes/Topics Mentioned
Miscarriage of Justice
Dates Mentioned
30 January 1972; April 1978 [1970s]
Events Mentioned
Bloody Sunday (30 January 1972)
Organisations Mentioned
British Army (BA);
Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC);
Peace and Reconciliation Group (PRG);
Alexander House Interface Group
Specific Deaths Mentioned
Kieran Doherty (24 February 2010)

Publication InformationShowHide

Title
Unititled Story, by Charlie McMenamin (story transcript)
Creator
Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd.
Date
23 November 2013
Format
PDF version of transcript
Language
English
Author
Charlie McMenamin
Publication Title
Transcript of interview with Charlie McMenamin
Publisher Location
Dublin
Publisher
Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd.
Publication Type
Transcript
Publication Status
Published on-line
Number of Pages
7

Collection InformationShowHide

Title
The Memory Project (collection)
Description
"The Memory Project is an exciting, innovative arts programme that uses drama and theatre to deal with the past and build pathways for the future and to promote peace, reconciliation and mutual understanding in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties.
The project is run by Smashing Times Theatre Company in collaboration with Corrymeela Community / Irish Peace Centres and is funded through the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the PEACE III Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
The project consists of a series of creative storytelling happenings, workshops and dramatic performances, along with a television documentary which will be made to record the process." (from the Smashing Times Theatre Company website)
In addition to the 12 filmed interviews (involving 15 interviewees), the project also produced an hour-long documentary entitled 'The Memory Project: Stories from the Shadows' which documented the work of the theatre company, over the course of two years, as it carried out the project.
Two theatre productions were also presented as part of The Memory Project.
Creator
Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd.
Publisher
Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd.
Date
2015
Stories Collected
12
Stories Deposited
11

Organisation InformationShowHide

Title
Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd. (organisation)
Description
"Smashing Times is a professional theatre and film company involved in performance, training and participation. The work is underpinned by a rights-based approach and a commitment to artistic excellence and social engagement. The company has four high profile patrons – Sabina Higgins, Áras an Uachtaráin First Lady; Joan Freeman, CEO, Pieta House; Ger Ryan, Actor; and Tim Pat Coogan, Author and Historian.
The company was established in 1991 by a group of women actors, who met at the Focus Theatre, Dublin. These women were interested in challenging the elitist position that theatre sometimes holds in Irish society. Today the work takes place at local, national and transnational levels and is presented in a range of settings from the professional theatre space to on tour in schools and communities where we are invited to work with people collaboratively." (from the Smashing Times Theatre website)
Smashing Times has undertaken a number of projects and The Memory Project (2012-2015) involved story-telling related to the Northern Ireland conflict.
Date Formed
1991
Status
In operation (checked February 2015)
Address
Coleraine House
Coleraine Street
Dublin 7
Ireland
Telephone
+ 353 (0) 1 8656613
Email
freda@smashingtimes.ie

Citation

Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd.. (23 November 2013). Unititled Story, by Charlie McMenamin (story transcript).
Accounts of the Conflict; Accessed: 21 October 2017 <http://accounts.ulster.ac.uk/repo24/index.php/items/show/3496>

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