Your Ever Loving – Paul Hill play
A new drama chronicling the time Paul Hill spent in prison as a result of the 1974 IRA pub bombings is being shown at the N16 theatre in Balham.
Martin McNamara’s play, Your Ever Loving, shows how the wrongly-accused Northern Irishman was mistreated in jail.
Hill, along with Gerry Conlon, Paddy Armstrong and Carole Richardson, was convicted for the bombing of pubs in Guildford and Woolwich.
The quartet became known as the Guildford Four, and they spent a total of 60 years behind bars before campaigns for justice saw them released in 1989.
Written using the letters Hill sent to his family while incarcerated, the play showcases the conditions he was subject to and his struggle for freedom.
As well as knowing he was innocent, Hill was regularly beaten, transferred without warning on more than 50 occasions and spent a total of five years in solitary.
The play highlights this abuse, Hill’s pursuit of justice and, in the words of the man himself, the relevance of his ordeal in today’s society.
“I took some comfort from the thought that at least my misfortune would lessen the possibility for others,” Hill said.
“It appears nothing has been gleaned from miscarriages of justice, especially those with political overtones.
“We live in an age where you can be subject to torture, while Ivy League educated politicians play verbal gymnastics with the meaning of the word.”
Your Ever Loving runs at the N16 until May 5 before moving to the Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle, for a short run from May 11-14.