The story of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Lundy endures nearly 325 years after his name was immortalised during one of the most emotive events in the history of Britain and Ireland.
December 1688 against King James’ troops by 13 young apprentices loyal to William of Orange was the precursor to the Siege of Derry that lasted 105 days and cost over 10,000 lives. The majority who died were civilians, many of them succumbing to starvation before the walled city was relieved by the breaking of the boom on Lough Foyle on 1 August 1689.
Today the Loyal Order of the Apprentice Boys of Derry continue to honour those who were the heroes of the time – and to vilify the treachery of others. Each December a giant effigy of
Lundy is spectacularly set ablaze on a gallows in Bishop Street – a caustic reminder that to be called a Lundy is to be branded a traitor.
`The Trial of Lundy’ is an interactive, theatrical event that examines the myth and allows the
public to vote on Lundy’s innocence or guilt. A Besom production in collaboration with The Maiden City Festival.