A screening of four original short films made by forty young people from Belfast, Monaghan and Dundalk.

The films are the culmination of 24 months of work by Calipo Theatre Company, Drogheda, on their cross border film project – Sharp Focus: Crossing the Divide, funded by the EU’s PEACE III Programme. Sharp Focus is a youth film project where teenagers work with established filmmakers on the production of original short films that explore the legacy of conflict in Northern Ireland and the Southern Border Counties. The participants, with the help of established filmmakers, went on to devise their own screen-stories, and then starred in the films that they created. In addition to showcasing the films, Calipo will also screen a half hour documentary on the entire process of creating and managing the project. This will highlight all aspects of the creative journey, from the comprehensive research, to meeting the participants for the first time, tutoring the young people in acting for camera, and the actual shooting of the films themselves. The Sharp Focus project is produced and managed by Calipo in partnership with the Shankill Women’s Centre, Belfast, and supported by Healing Through Remembering and Wave Trauma Centre, Belfast.

This event is not open to the public. For more information on Sharp Focus Crossing the Divide, and the upcoming tour of the films, please contact 00353 41 9837455 or info@calipo.ie

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme, managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Pobal.


  • Written by Abbie Spallen
  • Directed by Tom Hall
  • Belfast

A secretarian bully meets his match when he finds himself abducted by ten teenage girls with more than Bieber on their minds.

Devised by the Shankill Women’s Centre Young People’s Empowerment Project

Forget Me Nots

  • Written by Barbara Bergin
  • Directed by Mairtin De Barra

When a flash mob goes wrong, it accidentally triggers a post-traumatic stress episode for an elderly lady who lost her son to the Troubles. The teenagers responsible must now make amends and find a way to shine a light on the older woman’s plight.

Devised by Monaghan Youth Theatre


  • Belfast
  • Written by Malcolm Campbell
  • Directed by JJ Harrington

Cesca drifts through life always feeling on the outside, but a chance encounter with Erin leads to a night of abandon and an opportunity to speak from the heart.

Devised by Falls Women’s Centre

Escape plans

  • Muirhevnamor
  • Dundalk
  • Written by Emmet Kirwan
  • Directed by Colin Thornton

Four teenagers plan an escape, but in Muirhevnamor, danger lurks around every corner. Note this is not open to the public, invited audience only.

Devised by Craobh Rua Youth Project
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