A co-production between the Abbey Theatre and Lyric Theatre in association with the Belfast International Arts Festival.

Fire Below (A War of Words)

7 - 18 November 2017

Booking Information

Dates: 7 – 18 November
On the Peacock Stage

Time: 8pm

Tickets: €18 – €25 / Conc. €16 – €20

Running Time: 1 hour

To book for a group of 6+ call (01) 87 97 266

Early Bird tickets from €10 until 26 September

A blistering and blackly comic new play from the award-winning writer of Quietly, Owen McCafferty.

What happens to reconciliation when there is no one specific act of violence to reconcile?

Fire Below (A War of Words) is a companion piece to McCafferty’s hugely successful play Quietly (2012).

Gerry & Rosemary and Tom & Maggie are neighbouring couples who have lived through conflict from a distance. Now, nearly 20 years on from the Belfast Peace Agreement, they sit on Gerry and Rosemary’s deck having a glass of wine on a nice summer’s evening, putting the world to rights while waiting for the 11th night bonfire to be lit in the estate below. Yet there is something missing – the truth. What they actually think about each other is only ever one unguarded comment away. And who knows when and from where that comment will come.


'deeply thought provoking and irresistibly enjoyable'
The Arts Review

'absolutely riveting, profoundly convincing'
Sunday Independent

'All four actors are brilliant'
Belfast Live

'a clever state-of-the-nation play'
The Irish News


Production Images 

Photography © Chris Hill

In Rehearsal 

Photography © Steffan Hill


  • Tom: Ruairi Conaghan
  • Rosemary: Cara Kelly
  • Gerry: Frankie McCafferty
  • Maggie: Ali White
  • Writer: Owen McCafferty
  • Director: Jimmy Fay
  • Assistant Director: Emily Foran
  • Set Design: Paula McCafferty
  • Costume Design: Una Hickey
  • Music & Sound Design: Conor Mitchell
  • Lighting Design: Sinéad McKenna
  • Production Manager: Cliff Barragry
  • Stage Manager: Anne Kyle
Call Box Office Open in Maps
Abbey Theatre
26/27 Lower Abbey Street
Dublin 1
D01 K0F1