Bread 'n' Butter Guns

Edinburgh Fringe First

NDSF/Yorkshire TV Award winner


Elliston’s taught, perceptive script promises a great deal in the future.

The Scotsman


Mike Elliston’s play argues in a tone unremittingly bleak that in war, family loyalty competes with loyalty to the cause, and as time goes on, the cause itself becomes obscured by hate....See this

The Independent


I was unprepared for the muscularity and impact of Mike Elliston’s Bread ‘n’ Butter Guns. It’s a powerful argumentative two-hander set amidst the sectarian divisions of Northern Ireland and the question it seeks to ask is a moral one: is there a higher morality than the morality of personal allegiance?...The writing is spare and compelling…this play deservedly won a Fringe First in Edinburgh and the chance to see it should not be missed.

Time Out


Mike Elliston’s Bread ‘n’ Butter Guns…has a terrible final twist to shed an appalling new light on an already compelling story.

The Stage


Set in Belfast at the height of The Troubles and written as a contemporaneous response to the human tragedies that unfolded on British TV screen each week into the 1908s, Bread 'n' Butter Guns takes on the IRA and makes it personal.


Produced by Red Rose Theatre and directed by Margaret Eddershaw, an authority on Brecht, the production subsequently went on to win both a Fringe First followed by the Yorkshire TV award at the NSDF.   It transferred to the London Fringe with a new cast on both occasions, directed by David Verrey.