MAZE 15(A)












The thriller chronicles the mass break-out in 1983 of 38 prisoners from the Maze high security prison in Northern Ireland.

The film focuses on Larry Marley (Love/Hate’s Tom Vaughan-Lawlor), the chief architect of the escape, who strikes up a complex friendship with Gordon (Barry Ward), a prison warden.

Stephen Burke’s film works as a tense, exciting drama – there’s plenty of twists, scheming and unlikely allegiances as the inmates put together a complex, risky plan. But this also is a powerful piece of historical storytelling, highlighting the complex morality of the Troubles and exploring the motivations & beliefs of the various factions who have to live or work in the prison.

Vaughan-Lawlor and Ward both do a superb job here, and Burke’s script gives both characters plenty of space to develop. Their relationship is a fascinating mix of mutual respect and inherent hostility.

The Maze escape remains one of the most dramatic chapters in modern Irish & British history. This confident, accomplished film does the story justice.


Dir: Stephen Burke

Cast: Martin McCann, Niamh McGrady, Elva Trill, Eileen Walsh, Barry Ward, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

92 minutes Ireland 2017 Cert:15A

Date: Tuesday, 6th of March 2018

Venue: Garter Lane Theatre

Details of Times: 7.30pm

Tickets: €9/ Concession: €6. Book tickets