WELCOME TO THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE

The Playhouse is one of Ireland's best-known and loved Art Centres, and was founded in 1992 by Pauline Ross with a grant of just £300. It has grown to become one of the largest, most productive and vibrant Art Centres on the island of Ireland with a remit to simply "Make arts accessible to all".

Our work is about engaging, entertaining, educating, empowering, challenging, confidence building and having fun, as well as providing an even wider range of services to the community.

You can also hire The Playhouse; our new auditorium and workshop spaces are ideal for conferences, seminars, and training days. Situated in the heart of the historic walled city, our state-of-the-art auditorium has seating for up to 175 delegates, with additional breakout and training rooms available in one of the most unique settings in the North West of Ireland.

Whatever your needs, The Playhouse can provide you with a professional, efficient service for your event. For more details, please contact us on 028 7126 8027 or email us on: info@derryplayhouse.co.uk


About The Playhouse

About The Playhouse Derry

The Award Winning The Playhouse is based in Artillery Street, Derry and was established by Pauline Ross in 1992 with a grant of just £300. Since then it has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading Award Winning multi-disciplinary Community Art Resource Centres based on a neutral site with the city centre. It is a self-help, grass roots, bottom-up community development project which is people centre with charitable status.

The Playhouse comprises of a 175 Seat Theatre, an extensive Education and Outreach Department, a Dance Studio, a gallery and is home to several cultural/art based groups and tenants. The Playhouse filled (and continues to fill) a large gap in the provision of the arts in the North West.  It also is one of only a handful of venues commissioning, producing and touring theatre in the island of Ireland.

Whatever your needs, The Playhouse can provide you with a professional, efficient service for your event. For more details, please contact us on 028 7126 8027 or email us on: info@derryplayhouse.co.uk



The Playhouse Workspace

Your space to create?

The Playhouse comprises of a 175 Seat Theatre, an extensive Education and Outreach Department, a Dance Studio, a gallery and is home to several cultural/art based groups and tenants. The Playhouse filled (and continues to fill) a large gap in the provision of the arts in the North West.

Whatever your needs, The Playhouse can provide you with a professional, efficient service for your event.

For more details about hiring space in The Playhouse CLICK HERE, contact us on 028 7126 8027 or email us on: info@derryplayhouse.co.uk


The Playhouse has a number of rental units that provide affordable office and workspace for the Creative Industries. The workspace units were funded by EU Peace II Programme administered by Department of Enterprise Trade & investment and International Fund For Ireland.

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Our Creative Tenants include:

Sole Purpose Productions: Founded in 1997, Sole Purpose Productions is a professional theatre company that exists to use the discourse of imagination to illuminate social and public issues.
Contact: Patricia Byrne (Artistic Director) / Nicola Schnurr (Company Administrator).
Telephone: 028 71 279918.
Web: www.solepurpose.org

Lilliput Theatre Company: Lilliput are Ireland 's foremost theatre company of people with learning disabilities. Contact: Gordon Smyth.
Telephone: 028 71 368150 or email lilliputtheatrecompany@westerntrust.hscni.net


Come Learn with us

Education at the Playhouse Theatre

"It's really good to bring the communities together through art because we can express ourselves" Young participant in The Playhouse Street Talk Project

 

The Playhouses runs a large selection of in-house and outreach education programmes and workshops in the North West and across the island of Ireland for every age group from toddlers to adults, including accredited courses.

The Playhouses runs a large selection of socially engaged arts programmes, providing opportunities, training, guidance and experience for all types of artistic individuals and creative communities.

We work in some of the most divided and deprived neighborhoods in Northern Ireland, and we have a 24 year track record of using arts activity to promote healing, understanding, reconciliation and transformation between our communities.

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Booking Information

Book it your way

... Online
You can book tickets quickly and securely online through this website. Our online facility accepts all major credit and debit cards. There is a £1.50 booking fee. Concessionary tickets are not available online for some events. We now accept Paypal


... By Phone
Call our Box Office on 028 71 268027. The Box Office is open from 10.30am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 4pm on Saturdays. The Box Office is also open 45 minutes before all performance start times. There is a £1.50 booking fee.

... In Person
If you pop in to see us you can buy tickets in person from our Box Office which is open from 10am - 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 4pm on Saturdays. The Box Office is also open 45 minutes before all performance start times. There is a £1.50 booking fee for credit and debit card bookings.

The Playhouse
5-7 Artillery Street
Derry Londonderry
BT48 6RG

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Ticket Collection
Tickets left at the Box Office for collection can be picked up at any time, but please leave plenty of time before the start of a performance.

Concessions
Concession rates are available to Senior Citizens, Disabled, Unemployed and Students. Please bring a valid form of ID with you.

School / Youth Group Bookings
Groups of 10 people or more are eligible for the Group Booking rate. A reasonable number of teachers or youth workers accompanying school or youth groups are entitled for free entry. Please call the Box Office to make a School / Youth Group Booking.

Refunds
Please note that there are no refunds, except in the event of the show being cancelled.

Exchanges
We're happy to exchange tickets for performances. We may have to charge a £1.50 administration fee (per transaction) for this, and we can only exchange tickets if they are returned to us at least 24 hours before the performance.

Latecomers
Latecomers cannot be admitted once performances have started until a suitable interval.

Terms and Conditions

Please note:

Mobile phones/pagers/watch alarms etc must be switched off during performances.

Cameras and audio/visual recording equipment are not permitted to be used in the auditorium, without prior consent.

We reserve the right to alter or cancel performances without prior notice if circumstances make this unavoidable.

We reserve the right to refuse admission or request the ticket holder to leave the premises and to take appropriate action to enforce such a request.

Customer details are held on our database in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1988.

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The Playhouse Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy relates to transactions processed via www.derryplayhouse.co.uk

The North West Play Resource Centre (commonly known as The Playhouse) is registered under the terms of the 1998 Data Protection Act.

  • When creating an online account you are given the opportunity to opt in to receiving information by post and/or e-mail directly from The Playhouse. Personal information we hold about you will be used to keep you informed about Playhouse events, news and offers that we think will be of interest to you according to the options you have chosen.
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  • All information we hold about you will be held securely.
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  • If you have any questions or comments about privacy you should e-mail info@derryplayhouse.co.uk

The Playhouse Social Media Policy

The Playhouse Social Media Policy can be downloaded by clicking here. If you have any questions or comments about the policy you should e-mail info@derryplayhouse.co.uk


Contact The Playhouse

The Playhouse Theatre and Arts Centre
5-7 Artillery St
Derry / Londonderry
BT48 6RG

Tel: 028 71 268027
Fax: 028 71 261884

E-mail: info@derryplayhouse.co.uk


How To Find Us

Map to the location of The Playhouse

Find Us

It's really easy to find The Playhouse Theatre and Conference Centre. We are in the heart of the historic Walled City of Derry Londonderry. We are one minutes walk from Foyleside Shopping Centre, on Artillery Street. This is the road that runs parallel to the city walls from Java Café on Ferryquay Street. Our physical address is:
The Playhouse
5-7 Artillery Street
Derry Londonderry
BT48 6RG
Tel: 028 71 268027

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... By Car
Parking on Artillery St is restricted to 1 hour, Monday to Saturday 8am - 6.30pm.
Parking is available nearby in the Foyleside Shopping Centre.
Click here for further parking details.

... By Train
The train station in Derry / Londonderry is on the Waterside of the city. To reach The Playhouse you need to cross the river to the Cityside and head for the Walled City Centre.

...By Bus
The bus station is just a few minutes walk away. To reach The Playhouse you need to walk up the hill towards the Walled City Centre.

... By Air
The nearest airports are:
City of Derry Airport: www.cityofderryairport.com
Belfast International Airport: www.belfastairport.com
Belfast City Airport: www.belfastcityairport.com
You can travel to and from both Belfast airports by bus with: www.airporter.co.uk

Tourist Info
Tourist information about Derry Londonderry is here: www.derryvisitor.com

Opening Times

We are open:
Admin / Box Office
Monday - Friday: 10.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Accessibility

The Playhouse is a fully accessible venue and we welcome everybody to enjoy our facilities.
If you have any special requirements please contact us before your visit so we can discuss your visit with you.
To contact us, or if you have any questions about accessibility at The Playhouse please call our Box Office on 028 71 268027.


Support The Playhouse

The Playhouse is committed to delivering creative, innovative and accessible arts, theatre and education to the community. The money you donate will go directly into funding and expanding this work.


Donate to The Playhouse

The Playhouse partially relies on the kind support of the people of the North West. There are a number of ways in which you can show your support:

GIVE ONLINE
You can make a donation online via our donation partner The Big Give. Please click the button below to donate now or for information. Your contribution will help support and foster the Arts in Derry / Londonderry and contribute to the ongoing development of our rich cultural heritage.

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Regenerating Culture in Derry

The opening of newly refurbished Playhouse

Pictured at the official opening of the newly refurbished Playhouse Theatre are: (L-R): John Byrne, In Your Space Theatre Company, Arts Minister, Nelson McCausland, Niall McCaughan, General Manager of The Playhouse and Rosemary Kelly OBE, Chair, Arts Council. The above image is included courtesy of Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

 

The Playhouse's big red doors first opened in 1992 when director Pauline Ross managed to rescue two dilapidated buildings. The former school blocks had only narrowly escaped demolition a few years before when they were Grade II-listed. The Playhouse grew into an award-winning cultural project with charitable status. But a major challenge presented itself as the listed buildings fell into a pitiful state over the next 16 years. Funding of £4.6m was secured for a revamp through the Heritage Lottery Fund and other sources and The Playhouse re-launched on November 27, 2009.

The buildings are next to Derry's 400-year-old city walls, the largest state monument in Northern Ireland. More than 75 per Cent of the former school buildings have been restored, with the heritage features incorporated into the new elements.

The buildings are considered one of the best examples in Northern Ireland of how listed properties can be sympathetically restored and fused with modern design and have won numerous awards, including a British Urban Regeneration Award.

 


The All New Playhouse

On Friday 27th November 2009, the award winning Playhouse Theatre celebrated its official re-opening after an extensive £4.6m capital renovation project.

Speaking at the opening, Rosemary Kelly OBE, Chair of the Arts Council, said:

"At the Arts Council we are proud to be one of the principal funders of this historically important arts centre. It is a versatile venue that will have touched just about everyone in the North West, regardless of age or background."

"The restored Playhouse will contribute to a whole new lease of life for the North West augmented, as it is, by marvellous new facilities. I have no doubt it will build on its unique heritage in helping to keep the arts at the heart of Northern Ireland's social and economic regeneration."

The redevelopment of The Playhouse was designed by Blonski Architects. The buildings are now one of the best examples in Northern Ireland of how listed buildings can be restored sympathetically, and fused with very modern design to showcase the best of 19th, 20th and 21st century architecture.


Download article from Perspective Magazine.

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Download article about The Playhouse's prestigious BURA (British Urban Regeneration Association) Award for "Best Practice in Regeneration".



Patrons of The Playhouse

The Playhouse Theatre and Conference Centre is proud to declare as Patrons the following ~

Jennifer Johnston JENNIFER JOHNSTON
Irish novelist and winner of the Whitbread Book Award for The Old Jest in 1979, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1977.
Gabriel Byrne GABRIEL BYRNE
Irish actor, film director, film producer and writer. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre and made his screen début in the Irish soap opera The Riordans and the spin-off show Bracken. He has starred in over 35 feature films, such as The Usual Suspects, Miller's Crossing and Stigmata, in addition to writing two.
Frank McGuinness

FRANK McGUINNESS
Frank McGuinness is an award-winning Irish playwright and poet. He first came to prominence with his play The Factory Girls, but established his reputation with his play about WW1, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, which he staged initially in Dublin's Abbey Theatre and then internationally. He has also written new versions of many classic dramas and adapted the literal translations of others.

Niamh Cussack NIAMH CUSACK
Actress Niamh Cusack initially trained to be a flautist at the Royal College of Music and she worked as a freelance musician with the RTE National Symphony and Concert Orchestra before she followed her sisters Sinead and Sorcha into acting. Niamh became a household name in 1992 when she played Dr. Kate Rowan in the popular ITV drama Heartbeat.

 

Sinead Cussack SINEAD CUSACK
Sinead is an Irish stage, television and film actress. She has received two Tony Award nominations: once for Best Leading Actress in Much Ado About Nothing (1985), and again for Best Featured Actress in Rock 'n' Roll (2008).
Sorcha Cussack SORCHA CUSACK
Sorcha has made many film and television appearances including The Bill, Casualty and the 1973 BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre. On the stage, she has appeared in Brian Friel's acclaimed Dancing at Lughnasa at the Garrick Theatre in London.
Eva Birthistle EVA BIRTHISTLE
Eva Birthistle is best known for her role in Ae Fond Kiss. Eva trained at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. She has won the London Film Critics Circle Best British Actress of the Year award for 2004, and has twice won the IFTA (Irish Film and Tlevision Awards) Best Actor in a Leading Role (Film) award.
Bronagh Gallagher

BRONAGH GALLAGHER
Bronagh Gallagher is a locally born actress and singer. Her big break came with a role in Alan Parker's The Commitments, playing the main chanteuse of the band. A string of dramatic roles followed including getting the part of Trudi in Quentin Tarantino's seminal masterpiece Pulp Fiction in 1994. Equally at home on the stage, Bronagh has acted in productions at the Abbey in Dublin and the The Royal Court Theatre in London. Bronagh also enjoys a successful music career as a singer and drummer.

 

Mary Pat Kelly MARY PAT KELLY
Mary Pat is an award winning American journalist, novelist, screenwriter and documentary maker with strong Irish connections. Her writings include the historical epic Galway Bay, the acclaimed story of the events surrounding the Irish Potato Famine and it's effect on the Kelly family.
Griff Rhys Jones GRIFF RHYS JONES
Griff is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter and personality. In 2004 Griff first visited The Playhouse as part of the BBC landmark series “Restoration”. He came to national attention in Britain in the 1980s when he appeared in the BBC television comedy sketch series Not the Nine O'clock News and later with fellow comedian Mel Smith, Alas Smith and Jones. He went on to develop a career as a television presenter and writer, as well as continuing with acting work.
Roma Downey ROMA DOWNEY
Roma's early acting career included a turn in the Abbey's acclaimed production of The Playboy of the Western World. The production led to a nomination during the Broadway run for the Helen Hayes Best Actress Award in 1991 from which Roma's popularity snowballed. Shortly after Roma gained the role of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis in the 1991 U.S. TV 6 hour mini series A Woman Named Jackie which went on to win the Emmy award that year and led to her most famous role, as the Angel "Monica" on the CBS hit Touched by an Angel.

Field Day Theatre Company

 FIELD DAY THEATRE COMPANY                                                                        Field Day Theatre Company was established in 1980 by playwright Brian Friel and actor Stephen Rea with the intention of establishing Derry/ Londonderry city as a theatrical centre. Their work was crucial, because what started out as desire to make local theatre available to a popular audience grew into a much larger political and cultural project. www.fieldday.ie


Theatre Technical Details

Technical


The Playhouse Theatre is located at 5-7 Artillery St, Derry Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT48 6RG.


Vehicular access to The Playhouse is via Artillery St, which is a one way street with entry from Ferryquay Street. The turning from Ferryquay St to Artillery St is relatively tight, fine for Transit, Box Vans etc but difficult for Articulated Lorries. Parking on Artillery Street is limited to 1 hour.


The Theatre is on the first floor. There is a 26 person / 2000kg lift with access opposite the Theatre.
The Theatre seating capacity is 152 or 176, depending on seating arrangements.


You can contact the Theatre Technician at:


Theatre Technician
The Playhouse
5-7 Artillery St
Derry / Londonderry
BT48 6RG
Tel: 028 71 268027
Fax: 028 71 261884
Email: johnpaul@derryplayhouse.co.uk


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Playhouse Theatre Productions

The following constitutes a breakdown of inhouse productions based at The Playhouse Theatre. For furtherinformation on any of the productions listed below, please do not hesitate to contact us.

1999

Energy

ENERGY by Gary Mitchell
Directed by Joe Devlin
Produced by Jonathan Burgess

Set in the early eighties against the backdrop of the hunger strikes, Energy follows the fortunes of a wannabe punk band as they rehearse, bicker and try to get their act together for that all-important first gig.

2003

Spike Dreams

SPIKE DREAMS by Dave Duggan
Directed by Dave Duggan
Produced by Jonathan Burgess

A comedy-drama of a family in crisis. The local textile factory has closed. Tony, the father, Paula, the mother, Johnny and Lauren, the older children, are all redundant. Insecurity and panic set in, but also excitement and opportunity. Everybody has plans, but no one is sure how they'll work out. Only Spike, the youngest, is sure. He is sure an asteroid is about to hit the planet!

2005

FLIGHT by Seamas Keenan
Directed by Lisa May
Produced by Jonathan Burgess

Imagine that Amelia Earhart and her co-pilot Fred Noonan did not, contrary to the popular story, disappear in 1937, but are living in anonymity in present day Derry, to escape from the perils of fame and notoriety. This plays charts an imaginary encounter between Amelia and three republican dissidents in the present day.

2006

the worthless soldier

THE WORTHLESS SOLDIER by Sam Starrett
Directed by James Lecky
Produced by Jonathan Burgess

Based upon the true story of Bernard McGeehan, an Irish soldier executed for desertion during the Great War, The Worthless Soldier charts the trial and the final hours before his execution. A harrowing and uncompromising story of military injustice and indifference - when soldiers were executed to enforce front line discipline and as stark examples to their comrades.

2007

Heroes

HEROES WITH THEIR HANDS IN THE AIR by Fintan Brady.
Adapted from the book The Bloody Sunday Inquiry: The Families Speak Out edited by Eamonn McCann.

A powerful and honest portrait of loss and the search for justice, Heroes With Their Hands In The Air, tells the story of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, the longest legal proceedings in British or Irish history. Based on interviews with relatives and survivors of Bloody Sunday the play charts the highs & lows of the family's years of campaigning, their pain, frustration, and persistency, & their experiences of the media spotlight.

‘An intimate and searingly honest account of families torn apart.' Belfast Telegraph

‘A remarkable example of modern Irish political theatre.' Derry Journal

‘Powerful play...the stories it tells are important and moving.' Irish Times

2009

we carried your secrets

WE CARRIED YOUR SECRETS by Teya Sepinuck
Directed by Teya Sepinuck
Produced by Nicky Harley

An emotional, groundbreaking, multi media performance piece, performed by ex combatants who were on the front lines during The Troubles, & family members of the next generation. All the performers told personal stories of The Troubles and portrayed their own journeys of reconciliation, reconnection and healing, thereby creating performances of raw depth, honesty and truth.


"Brilliant performance, hits deep, found it very emotional. As a victim of the troubles myself it was great to hear other stories and to hear people talk of their lives and feelings. I was in the Greysteel shooting in 93 and understood some of what was said and interested in the stories of those who I felt were part of it."

"Oh my God, how very, very powerful. Is this truth not already forgiveness in its most beautiful form. I wish you were in schools, youth groups and 100 other places! I am on a personal and professional journey and your truth has just reminded me of why I am on it. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

"It's hard to explain for me in English. It's a really strong story and you tell it in a really good way. I will never forget this. Keep up and be yourself. I'm speechless and that's not happened often. Sire Antonsen, 19 years, Norway"

"That was the most powerful, moving theatre experience of my life. It is the only time that have ever cried in the theatre. I don't know what else to say."

2009

Home Boy Home

HOME BOY HOME by Scott Marshall

The perfect deconstruction of the Irish family, this play explores themes of friendship, loyalty and secrets using a mixture of flashbacks and present day scenes to reveal how the past has impacted lives and unravels comedy and tragedy in equal measure.
The father, a university professor, has died and his family of two daughters and one son return home for the funeral, where they meet the son of their former next door neighbour- a young man they have not seen for almost twenty years.
Scott Marshall has spent his life in theatre as a director, performer, writer, critic, tutor, lecturer and adjudicator.

To view production shots click here

2010

still

STILL, THE BLACKBIRD SINGS - INCIDENTS IN EBRINGTON BARRACKS by Dave Duggan
Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin
Produced by Jonathan Burgess

"Why would an Irishman join the British Army?...Can there be poetry in the midst of war?"

Still, the Blackbird Sings - Incidents At Ebrington Barracks by Dave Duggan re-invents, in a contemporary style, dramatic events in the life of the poet-soldier Francis Ledwidge.

It finds him and his squad members in Ebrington Barracks asking the questions: "Why return to the front when we have already survived three campaigns?...Can we trick death again?...Should we desert?"

Often referred to as the "poet of the blackbirds", Ledwidge was an Irish patriot and Nationalist, killed in action on the opening day of the Third Battle of Ypres during World War I.

In this exhilarating, entertaining and engaging dramatisation, Ledwidge faces questions relevant to soldiers of this day.

To view production shots click here

2010

I once knew a girl

I ONCE KNEW A GIRL by Teya Sepinuck
Directed by Teya Sepinuck

This original multi-media Theatre of Witness production will be performed and created with women whose lives were affected by the Troubles. Based on their true stories, the production explores the lives and roles of women who were; active participants, witnesses, survivors, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, wives and partners. What are these untold stories?
Theatre of Witness is a form of performance developed by founder and artistic director Teya Sepinuck that gives voice to those who have been marginalized, forgotten or are invisible in society. Their true, life stories, performed by the people themselves, are shared onstage so that audiences can collectively bear witness to issues of suffering, redemption and social justice. ‘I once knew a girl...' is the second production created by The Playhouse Theatre of Witness Programme and follows last year's successful tour of ‘We Carried Your Secrets'.

To view production shots click here

2010

music makers

THE MUSIC MAKERS by Eamon Friel

A group of actors are being rehearsed by a director who is a martinet and are about to stage a crazy musical. It makes no sense to them and they know it will probably turn out to be a disaster on opening night. So there is always the possibility of a cast mutiny.
Using an experienced, talented and enthusiastic cast and talented musical director Eddie O'Donnell, much loved BBC radio presenter Eamon Friel begins a new chapter in his creative career with this new musical comedy.
Including some of Friel's very best songs for Thran records as well as several new bright, funny, sad, droll and beautiful songs.

To view production shots click here

To view show programme click here

2011

star men

STAR MEN by Seamas Keenan

"Life is full of surprises. Old friends never let you down. First love never dies. We carry our secrets to the grave. Believe all that, and you'll believe anything!"

Thomas, a middle-aged man down on his luck, disillusioned, is content to while away his wasted life in death's waiting-room, listening to music, talking to the radio, and fighting with gangs of teenagers that disrupt his nights.

Who does Billy think he is, turning up at his front door after all this time, begging favours, anxious to rewrite his life story? And that the Hell's he doing, bringing Emma back into Thomas' life?

All soldiers share secrets. That's the nature of violence. What's the big deal about one long forgotten accident in a bloody catalogue of tragedy? You can't be responsible for everything. And sometimes, death can be least of your worries.

In ‘Star Men', the eagerly awaited new play from award-winning writer Seamas Keenan, directed by Tom Doherty, the three old friends confront their shared pasts in a welter of alcohol, vicious recrimination, deceit, powerlessness, ill-concealed desire, and claustrophobic, brutal humour.

To view production shots click here

To view show programme click here

2011

KIND HEARTS AND GENTLE PEOPLE by Peter McDonald

"Anyone who wants to be a songwriter should listen to as much folk music as they can, study the form and structure of stuff that has been around for 100 years. I go back to Stephen Foster" Bob Dylan

Based on the life of the 'father of American popular song', Kind Hearts and Gentle People is a fascinating look at a songwriter who has become the stuff of legend in America, but whose roots begin in Ulster.

Regarded as America's first professional song-writer, Stephen Collins Foster penned some of its earliest and most famous songs, including ‘Oh! Susanna', ‘Hard Times Come Again No More', ‘Old Folks at Home' (‘Swanee River'), ‘My Old Kentucky Home' and ‘Beautiful Dreamer'.

These songs, which all feature in the production, remain popular over 150 years after their composition. His songs have influenced many iconic music legends such as Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Bob Dylan, John Prine, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Mary Black, all of whom have covered his songs.

He is also one of the North West's forgotten famous sons; his ancestors emigrated from the port of Londonderry in the 18th century.

Written by playwright Peter McDonald [The Green Room, Five Years Time] and directed by Anne McMaster [Sad Silence of Snow, Noir], Kind Hearts and Gentle People is a tale of the triumphs and tragedies that encompass the life and times of a songwriter who, despite passing away over a decade before the invention of sound recording, a long career in music that is still cherished today

To view production shots click here

To view show programme click here

2011

THE WOOD OF THE CROWS by Stan McGowan

A new play from the pen of Stan McGowan, which tells the moving story of the death of the young and beautiful Prehen House estate heiress, Miss Mary Ann Knox, who died by the hand of her much older lover, Mr John McNaughten.

Was the fatal shot that killed her and accident, or an act of deliberate intent in order to seek revenge from her overprotective father, whose opposition to their marriage would lead to this most tragic drama?

The story has engrained itself, down through the centuries, into the consciousness of the North West, has finally been brought to the stage. McGowan brings his usual sense of intrigue and mysterious foreboding to the plot.

Set against the background of Ascendency Londonderry two hundred years ago, this stunning production is a perceptive portrayal of Georgian manners... and ill manners!

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To view show programme click here

'The Wood of the Crows' was restaged by The Playhouse in May 2012 in The Millennium Forum.

2012

RELEASE by Teya Sepinuck
Directed by Teya Sepinuck

This sold out Theatre of Witness production opened to an audience who described the ground breaking performances as "a vital contribution to healing and reconciliation in Northern Ireland".

Described as a production that "leveled the hierarchy of victimhood and crossed the barriers between ‘them and us'", the new production ‘Release' opened at the Playhouse on Thursday 25th October 2012.

The project was performed and created with six men who have each played a different role in Northern Ireland's troubled past. Each one shares the true story about their lives during the Troubles and beyond, discovering extraordinary connections of their shared history.

Audiences heard the evocative stories of a former RUC detective, a former Prison Governor, a former British soldier, two ex-prisoners and a man who had been blown up in a car bomb as a child. In the production each shared his own journey of reconciliation, redemption and healing. The production toured throughout October and November 2012 and may tour internationally during 2013.

To view production shots click here

 

2013

over the wire

OVER THE WIRE by Seamas Keenan
Directed by Kenny Glenaan

It's 1974, rioting prisoners have set fire to Long Kesh jail in Belfast and much of the prison is destroyed.

This new play by multi award winning writer Seamas Keenan, directed by BAFTA award winning Scottish Film & TV Director Kenny Glenaan (Spooks, Wired), follows five prisoners now pitched into a world of violence, paranoia and hunger as they struggle against British soldiers, each other and their own personal demons.

The first of many productions produced by The Playhouse for Derry Londonderry's 2013 UK City of Culture programme, this powerful and captivating play was met with critical acclaim. Following its sell out world premiere at the Playhouse, 'Over the Wire' then toured to the Tron Theatre in Glasgow in May 2013, as the only piece commissioned for the City of Culture programme announced to tour outside of Northern Ireland, and to The Smock Alley Theatre Dublin in February 2015 and The MAC Theatre Belfast in March 2015.

"A GRIPPING, brutal, at times bleakly funny exploration of institutionalism and paranoia" THE SCOTSMAN

"short, sharp and sometimes shocking, with Keenan's script illustrating the pains of confinement with a gimlet-eyed lack of sentimentality devastatingly portrayed by a fine ensemble cast" **** THE HERALD

‘...the production was exceptional... powerful yet provocative... the audience was hooked from the moment they stepped into the unique theatre setting...' **** BELFAST TELEGRAPH

"Keenan's fine line in black comedy shines through the grimness, in what is a powerful and gripping production." Scottish Television (STV.com)

"‘Over The Wire' is perhaps the most captivating theatre commissions Derry has hosted in recent years" Derry Journal

"a play that looks beyond questions of justification and the rights and wrongs of the Northern Irish conflict, to explore instead the loneliness and despair of the individual, caught in a particular moment of history". Irish Theatre Magazine

"Shook the audience off their seats...Such was the calibre of the acting, writing, directing and production....Over The Wire is a must see for anyone interested in modern Irish History" Irish News

Click to view production shots or promotional video.

To view show programme click here


Click here to read The Scotsman review of 'Over the Wire' at The Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Click here to read Scottish Television (STV.com) review of 'Over the Wire' at The Tron Theatre

Click here to read The Herald review of 'Over the Wire' at The Tron Theatre, Glasgow

 

 

2013

On the Subject of Love

ON THE SUBJECT OF LOVE by Ken McCormack
Directed by Catriona McLaughlin

Viewed as the first modern ‘European' and one of the 18th Century's great eccentrics, Bishop of Derry Frederick Augustus Hervey, was a phenomenal Builder, art collector and a notorious womaniser.

Writer and broadcaster Ken McCormack joined forces with esteemed Donegal director Caitríona McLaughlin, best known for her work on the stages of New York and London, for this new commission about 'The Earl Bishop's' life and loves in February 2013.

"Spellbinding... The beguiling tale of the learned lover had each and every member of the Playhouse audience spellbound" **** Belfast Telegraph

Click to view production shots or promotional video.

To view show programme click here

Click here to read Culture NI review

Click here to read Irish Theatre Magazine review

2013

Tillies

TILLIES by Patsy Durnin
Directed by Nicky Harley

Presented by The Playhouse at The Millennium Forum, 'Tillies' is an affectionate epitaph to the women and men who sewed, sweated, laughed and cried in Derry's shirt factories through the decades, a vivid and emotional portrait of the famous factory and its times.

Opened in 1856, Tillies and Henderson's factory stood for one hundred and forty seven years as a testament to the industrialist William Tillie and to the sewing skills of the factory girls of the city until its eventual demolition in 2003

"Touching... filled with moments of sheer humour" Belfast Telegraph

"an affectionate epitaph... [a] highly personal and authentic account about life in the Tillie and Henderson shirt factory" Culture NI

Click to view production shots or promotional video.

To view show programme click here

Click here to read Culture NI review

 

2013

RE-ENERGIZE by Gary Michell
Directed by Conall Morrison

With Original Music by John and Damian O'Neill of The Undertones

Written by one of Northern Ireland's leading playwrights Gary Mitchell, ‘Re-energize' is set thirty years after ‘Punk-tastic' success of ‘Energy', where a wannabe punk band rehearsed, bickered and tried to get their act together for that all-important first gig.

Now with music composed by John and Damian O'Neill of The Undertones, and under the direction of the highly esteemed Conall Morrison, the band members re-unite to do one last gig to prove to themselves, each other, their annoying teenage children that they could have been somebody...

"taut, tense and intelligent... Played and sung live, with the volume cranked up to the max, it sounds, well, magic" Irish Theatre Magazine

"Heartwarming and humorous amidst the serious issues, the packed out audience were rocking along with the band as they practiced for their upcoming gig" **** Belfast Telegraph

"a heartwarming, life affirming comedy... Rock on" Irish News

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To view show programme click here

Click here to read Irish Theatre Magazine review

Re-Energize Toured to The Lyric Theatre in Belfast in September 2013.

 

2013

the cook

THE COOK by Georgia Rhoades
Directed by Dennis Bohr

In 1725, Cecily Jackson was burned in Derry on a charge of petty treason. Professor at Appalachian State University, USA Georgia Rhoades explores her tragic story.

Inspired by Colm Cavanagh's work on the Derry jail, Georgia has researched the context of Cecily's death for over 10 years, reading about Derry life in the early 18th century, Bishop Nicolson and the history of St. Columb's, servants' lives, civil punishment, 18th century recipes, and customs of the privileged classes in Northern Ireland.

While much is unknown, The Cook is an imaginative treatment of the year before the execution and what led Cecily Jackson to her death.

"Well acted, well conceived, with beautiful composition...very very good" BBC Radio Ulster

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To view show programme click here

 

2013

clearing

THE CLEARING by Helen Edmundson

Produced in partnership with Dear Conjunction Theatre Company, Paris
Directed by Patricia Kessler

‘The Clearing' is set during the years of the Irish transplantation and the era of Cromwell. All Irish and English settlers who had fought against the Commonwealth were to be dispossessed of their land and banished, on pain of execution, to inhospitable and famine-stricken Connaught.

Robert Preston, a young English Protestant has married Maddy O'Hart, a fiery Irish Catholic. They live happily on Robert's family home in Ireland, until Cromwell's laws threaten not only their happiness, but their lives.

The play is an emotional rollercoaster of love, betrayal, power and class.

"Yet again this little venue by the walls casts its unquivering gaze on the largest of political and historical subjects. Told without flinching, The Clearing is as good a weapon for political theatre as we've come to expect from Artillery Street... this opus is magnificent in scale and scope. Think Irish history told by the RSC" Derry Journal (Click here to read full review)

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2013

Three Monologues

Three Monologues: Twinkletoes, Mustn't Forget High Noon, Christine by Jennifer Johnston

Three monologues written by Jennifer Johnston in response to The Troubles in Northern Ireland.
In Mustn't Forget High Noon the best friend of a young Protestant man, Billy, has just been shot by the IRA. In Christine the wife of Billy and she mourns his violent death at the hands of the IRA. In Twinkletoes the wife of a top IRA prisoner and is looked up to by her community.
These monologues have rarely been performed, and this project is an opportunity to showcase the lesser known dramatic work of one of Ireland's greatest living writers.
This production was performed both in the Playhouse itself, and several on location matinee performances, when the audience were taken to three mystery locations.

"an intense, intriguing evening of quiet drama and sombre reflection, of dry humour and old fashioned values: a satisfying opportunity to showcase three exquisitely constructed but lesser known dramatic works by one of Ireland's most accomplished living writers" Irish Theatre Magazine

"in Jennifer Johnston's Three Monologues, the Playhouse's final offering of the year, it has kept the best to the last" Culture NI

"There is no doubt this was a production that many will talk about, and which will be a highlight for many... I hope that innovative and unique productions like these will continue to come from The Playhouse in 2014 and beyond" Derry Journal.

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2014

All There is

ALL THERE IS By Jonathan Bailie

Directed by J.P. Conaghan
Starring: Nicky Harley, Francis Harkin & Micky Kelly

A woman lying by the roadside. A taxi man does 'the right thing'. At the hospital a nurse catches his eye and the connection is made. But the woman's boyfriend wants to know what really happened. Because nobody touches his girl. He has only one lead - the taxi man. Slowly his paranoia eats away at him. Until finally, he makes a decision...

A world premiere performance of new Northern Irish writing from the company that brought you 'Heroes with their Hands in the Air'.

A teaser for 'All There Is' was first shown at Pick 'n' Mix Festival in June 2012 to a captivated audience at The MAC in Belfast.

"...tense, gripping and darkly funny"
"Left me wanting more"
"Compelling story"
"Very intense, gripped me from the start. Sucked me in... electric ending"

 

2014

Thirteen Steps

THIRTEEN STEPS by Patsy Durnin

The poignant historical tale of the Derry Workhouse, opened in Glendermott Road in Waterside on 10th November 1840.

This production is the moving story of the poor and destitute people forced to go into the workhouse, where families were separated, where conditions were squalid and cramped, and where 40 people died each month.

 

2014

Josef Locke

JOSEF LOCKE- A GRAND ADVENTURE by Felicity McCallDirected by Kieran Griffiths

The Playhouse brings the life of Josef Locke to the stage in this unique piece of Music Theatre exploring his life, music and legacy.

Born in 1917 in Derry, Josef Locke sung as a child in local churches, added two years to his age to enlist in the Irish Guards at just 16, and gatecrashed an audition at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre(wearing his RUC uniform) in the 1940's.

Known as The Singing Bobby, Locke established himself as a star of Britain and Ireland's variety halls, becoming one of the highest paid and most popular singers of the 1940's and 50's.

Josef died in 1999, prompting the New York Times to write the headline "JOSEF LOCKE, 82, Irish Tenor Who Inspired Tears, Is Dead."

Esteemed singer Karl McGuckin joined local musicians for an affectionate look at Locke's life, music... and his tax affairs.

Josef Locke- A Grand Adventure was restaged in 2015 and toured to The Millennium Forum, Derry and The Lyric Theatre, Belfast.

 

"An absolutely wonderful show... a show you just have to go to" BBC Radio Ulster

"McGuckin's vocal performance was nothing short of breath-taking.... There was hardly a dry eye in the house...exactly the right mix of high drama, pathos, comedy and of course music..." Derry Journal

"warm, witty, affectionate and exceedingly talented from start to finish." North West Culture

"‘This biodrama is a meaty examination of a fascinating and flawed genius from the Moor whose sentorious pomp resounded around the world." Londonderry Sentinel

 

 

2014

Grimm Tales for Kids

GRIMM TALES FOR KIDS by Peter E Davidson

Directed by Kieran Griffiths

There once was a wonderful building called The Playhouse that decided to throw a night full of treats for kids of all ages. A night full of fairy tales, scary stories, ugly princesses, kid eating witches and things that go "aaaahhhhh! oh lordy, that's my leg!!!"

Some of the greatest fairy tales from the brothers Grimm were given a wonderful irreverent makeover.

There were games, interaction, squelchy things, a lot of laughter and everyone lived happily ever after... except for the ones that got eaten by wolves or soaked to the bone!

Audiences BRING YOUR RAINCOAT and join writer and performer Peter E Davidson for a night of grisly fairy tales which is guaranteed to be the perfect Halloween treat for all the family.

 

2015

Walking to the Ark

WALKING TO THE ARK by Carlo Gébler

Directed by Kieran Griffiths

The mid 1660s. Charles II is the king of Britain and Ireland. Thomas Whitney, a professional soldier in the Irish army, fathers a child by his mistress, Martha.

Twenty-five years later Colonel Whitney finds himself inside Derry during the 1689 siege when his son, a Jacobite, arrives in the city, a prisoner.

In this brand new piece, Irish writer Carlo Gébler explores both the horrible choices wars force individuals to make, as well as the ingenious way Whitney and his son, Nicholas, manage to make common cause.

A legacy commissioned new play.

"a taut and compelling play that explores themes of love and dissembling and need and desperation. It is written with compassion and beauty and acted with fragile control, with a fantastic set that demonstrates the forces dragging at the characters" Irish News (Click here to read the full review)

"The Playhouse pushes the boundaries of theatre once again with this year's Legacy commission 'Walking to the Ark'- staged with great creative flair by a team at the top of their game" Derry Journal

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To view show programme click here.

 

2016

doris day

AN EVENING WITH DORIS DAY AND GORDON MACRAE by Kieran GriffithsThe Lifetime Achievement Series...

Starring Alex Sharpe and Karl McGuckin

The era of romance as Hollywood's golden couple Doris Day and Gordon MacRae reunite on stage to tell the story of their lives.

A treat for the eyes and the ears, audiences fall in love with the infallibly seductive sounds of the 1950 in this stunning new piece of musical theatre.

A night to remember featuring the beautiful bass baritone voice of Karl McGuckin and star of musical theatre Alex Sharpe.

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2016

bag for life

BAG FOR LIFE by Colin Bateman

"What are we to make of the men of violence whose time has been and gone, and who have settled into both civil and civilian life? Is there any reason at all to suppose that their capacity for murder has somehow drained away, or will it always be there, like a lining of grease and fat lurking in their mental plumbing?"

Award winning novelist and screenwriter Colin Bateman's second stage play asks the question, can forgiveness overcome the want for revenge in 21st century Northern Ireland?

Commissioned as a legacy project for Derry Londonderry's 2013 UK City of Culture, this powerful and captivating play is laced with the blackest of humour, and received a hugely successful script in hand reading at the Open House Festival in Bangor, 2015 before its world Premiere in The playhouse in April 2016.

"a raw, powerful and no-holds-barred journey through the deepest, darkest emotions we have all...Bag for Life will stir the darkest recesses of the Northern Irish soul" Irish News

"a play which transcends political ideologies or aspirations, class territories or clan warfare. Addy delivers a tour-de-force in her eighty minute monologue" Culture NI

"Avant-garde production" Examiner.com

"one of the strongest pieces of theatre ever produced in Derry.... believable, near the knuckle in places, entertaining and disturbing....
...an exceptional piece of theatre that will stay with the audience long after the house lights have come back up and the seats have emptied
...." Derry Journal

"Intense, realistic and filled with mountains of black humour" PastieBap.com

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Or click here for the show programme

 



Regular Classes at The Playhouse

Weekly classes at The Playhouse

FOR CHILDREN

 

MARY HILL SCHOOL OF BALLET holds regular classes for children ages 2 upwards every Thursday (5-7pm), Friday (3pm - 8pm) and Saturday (9am - 1pm).
Contact 07968112759, facebook/missmaryhillballet or
Email: harrisonvictoria@hotmail.com

 

SCOIL RINCE CATHAIR NA MBALLAI: THE WALLED CITY SCHOOL OF DANCE meets every Tuesday from 5.30pm - 7.30pm under the instruction of Michaela Temple TCRDM. Irish dancing for fun and exercise as well as competition.
Contact 028 7135 1895 / 07749 967 841 or email michaela1@hotmail.com.

 

CLASS ACT SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA Every Friday 4pm - 5.30pm (For P1-P6) and 5.30pm - 7pm (P7 +). Feis work, Grade examinations, boost your confidence and have lots of fun!
Contact: Loretta 0791 999 2662 / Brenda 0775 326 7982.

 

The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy offers a self development through drama programme for children 5 to 17 years and (in some areas) adults. Their carefully constructed curriculum, written by experts, allows children from the age of three to develop their confidence, self esteem, verbal communication and language skills and creativity - whilst having great fun! Currently holding classes for Lower and Upper Primary ages every Wednesday at 4pm.
Contact: For a free trial place on 028 7083 6677, or message us on Facebook @helenogradyni.

 

FOR ADULTS


TAI CHI A gentle way to get fit and into shape without the ‘burn' Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art designed to improve co-ordination, relieve stress and strengthen joints and muscles. Classes every Monday 6pm- 7pm and 7pm- 8pm. Cost £3.
Contact: 028 7126 8027.

 

DERRY PLAYHOUSE WRITERS meet at The Playhouse every Wednesday from 1pm - 4pm and offer a series of workshops, drop-in classes and masterclasses.
Contact: www.derryplayhousewriters.org

 

PLAYHOUSE PAINTERS based around the Alily Foyle ethos - Active learning in later years, this group is targeted towards retired people interested in shared creativity. There is a therapeutic element to the creative process and it provides the opportunity for individuals to meet and share ideas and experiences. Every Tuesday and Wednesday 2-4pm.
Contact: 028 71 268027.

 

MARY HILL SCHOOL OF BALLET holds regular classes for adults Mondays (8pm-9pm). A fun class for beginners, no experience needed.
Contact 07968112759, facebook/missmaryhillballet or
Email: harrisonvictoria@hotmail.com

 

DERRY SCHOOL OF MUSIC Ever wanted to be able to play the piano or get your voice trained? St Eugene's Cathedral's new choir director, Maghnus Monaghan, has just begun this project which welcomes people of all ages to learn to play piano or sing in a variety of style - Classical, jazz, popular. Every Tuesday 4pm- 6pm. Get in touch with Maghnus directly for more details. derryschoolofmusic@gmail.com

 

LIFE AFTER support families that have experienced bereavement as a result of a road traffic collision. Life After meets Monthly and offers families the chance to support one another through connection. Contact lifeafterrtc@gmail.com for further information.



Hire The Playhouse

If you are organising a Conference, Workshop, Festival, Seminar, Meeting, Information Day, Lecture, Graduation Ceremony, Trade Fair, Press Launch, Fashion Show ... why not talk to us about hiring The Playhouse?

Situated in the heart of the historic walled city of Derry Londonderry, The Playhouse has flexible, state of the art facilities including our 175 Seat Theatre and additional break out and training rooms.

Our recent clients include: British Council, ILEX, Princes Trust, Derry City Council, BBC Children In Need, Peace & Reconciliation Group and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Download our Hire The Playhouse Brochure and our Conference and Event Factsheet.

View a Virtual Visit to The Playhouse Here

For more information on hiring The Playhouse theatre and Conference Centre, please contact: The General Manager on 028 71 268027 or email us on: hire@derryplayhouse.co.uk

 

"The Playhouse is a fabulous unique and historic venue packed full of culture and charm. It's state of the art theatre and rooftop studio with panoramic views of the city make it an ideal ‘space to create' in the heart of Derry~Londonderry's 17th Walled city." Visit Derry

 

"I was touched to be able to to host the UK and Irish Premiere of my film ‘Son of God' in their stunning theatre. The Playhouse is a truly wonderful space, and every detail of the spectacular evening was looked after. What a gift The Playhouse is to the community" Playhouse Patron Roma Downey

 

 


Why not also consider engage your employees through the Arts!

Let us bring new creative experiences from the arts into your business!

We can provide bespoke creative training for your staff- encouraging staff engagement, increased morale, and improved performance.

To find our more CLICK HERE

 


Groups based at The Playhouse

The Playhouse is home to many arts / cultural based groups including:

Lilliput

Lilliput Theatre Company

Northern Ireland 's leading Theatre Company for adults with learning disabilities. Lilliput's performances include a specially adapted version of Macbeth and commissioned pieces of theatre that explore disability rights.

Contact: 71 368150 or email lilliputtheatrecompany@westerntrust.hscni.net 

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sole purpose

Sole Purpose Productions

Award winning Theatre Company that produces and tours theatre that addresses social and public issues.

Contact: www.solepurpose.org or (028)71279918

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Vacancies

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The Playhouse invites tenders for:
Theatre Facilitators

Tender Fee: €25,500 Approx.

The Playhouse is seeking tenders from "Theatre Facilitators" for its Theatre Peace Building Project funded by EU Peace 4 that will work in partnership with Holywell Trust, Thomas D'Arcy Foundation and Queens University. The project will use Theatre as a tool to explore truth recovery, peace building & community relations issues in a safe, accessible environment. The project will target those people and communities most affected by the conflict, including representatives from interface & segregated areas, historical atrocities and victims & survivors who were significantly involved/impacted upon.

 

Project Administrator
Salary: £20,661 - £22,658 pa Pro Rata (40 hrs/wk), Hours: 20-30 hours/week
(2.5 Year Contract, end June 2020)

Project Coordinator: Local Projects
Salary: £25,951-£27,668 pa (40 hr/wk)
(2.5 Year Contract, end June 2020)

Project Coordinator: National/International Residencies
Salary: £25,951-£27,668 pa (40 hr/wk)


(2.5 Year Contract, end June 2020)

Job Specifications are available to download by clicking on the above job titles.

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter, maximum two A4 sides outlining your suitability for the role to:

CEO, The Playhouse, Artillery Street, Derry/ Londonderry,
BT48 6RG Tel - (028) 71 268027
Or email your CV and cover letter to
Email: info@derryplayhouse.co.uk
Closing Date for Applications: Friday 17th November 2017
Interviews taking place from Friday 24th November 2017
The Playhouse is an Equal Opportunities Employer


A project supported by the European Union's PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

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The Big Tickle

Big Tickle 2015

The Playhouse Big Tickle Comedy Festival has been going strong since it first started in 2004, showcasing an eclectic mix of stand up comedians, comedy plays, comedy training, master-classes and exhibitions.

The festival has continued to be extended over the years across the city and have included The Waterside Theatre, The Nerve Centre, The Millennium Forum, Sandinos, and of course our own venue The Playhouse.

A range of international comedians have appeared at the festival in venues throughout Derry in the past including: Alan Carr, Lenny Henry, Dara O'Briain, Rich Hall, Frankie Boyle, Reginald D Hunter, Sean Hughes
and many more.

Local people are always encouraged to get involved in the extensive programme on offer every year, be it in the Open Mic, Cinema Screenings, Cartoon Workshops (for example Ian Knox in 2005), comedy workshops (e.g. Mime master classes in 2007) and Cartoons Exhibitions, as well as fundraising events (e.g. The NSPCC's Funny Walk in 2007).

The Playhouse's J2O Big Tickle Comedy Festival came "Highly Commended" in the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards, in the category "Marketing Excellence" in 2006.

 

Big Tickle 2016

The Very Perry Show, Tim McGarry and Ghostbusters....Retro!

The Playhouse Big Tickle comedy festival will celebrate 12 years of comedy gold this month with Tim McGarry, Wireless Mystery Theatre, and The Threepenny Opera!


This year's festival has a lovely mix, featuring Give My Head Peace funnyman Tim McGarry, chameleon comedienne Kate Perry, internationally acclaimed Nuala McKeever, local comic Peter E Davidson, and award winning stand up Jo Caulfield.

Click here to download the Big Tickle 2016 programme

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The line up...

 Very Perry
The Big Tickle Presents
The Very Perry Show

Friday 9th September, 8pm

Called a "major talent" at The 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Kate Perry presents a happy hour of acutely observed and quirky monologues reflecting her unique view on life.

She portrays a wonderful array of characters ranging from five to seventy years old. Whether it's Mary Peachy-Bender, an Amish woman with shoofly pie envy, Susie Hedley-Simmons, a twelve year old who takes control of her mother's medication or Carmel, a celebrity obsessed old age pensioner.

Each is portrayed with chameleon like skill, humour and charm. It's going to be a Very Perry Experience!

Tickets £10/£8 (includes £1 development donation)

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mcgarry

David Hull Promotions and The Big Tickle Presents
1916 Tim McGarry ‘Goes Over the Top'
Friday 16th September, 8pm

Tim McGarry (Blame Game, Give My Head Peace, Hearts and Minds, A Perforated Ulster) is back!

Following the success of Tim McGarry's Irish History Lesson, Tim returns with a brand new stand-up show about our history.

In 2016 we have be inundated with worthy and serious dramas and documentaries about the meaning of 1916. There has been much chin stroking and nodding of heads sagely. Tim McGarry doesn't want that. He wants to give you jokes.
What are the funny myths and facts about 1916? Why do we take our history so seriously? And how can we stop taking it seriously?

Tim will cover the period from the start of the 1900s from Oscar Wilde and Carson, to the Titanic and the build-up to the Easter Rising and the Somme.

Expect myths to be exploded and sacred cows to be slaughtered but above all expect laughs.

Tickets £15/ £13 (includes £1 development donation)

16+

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  nt Threepenny Opera

National Theatre Live presents
The Threepenny Opera

Thursday 22nd September, 7pm

Mack the Knife is back in town.
A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill's raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre.
London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn't come home last night and it's all about to kick off...
With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond) as Macheath, alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum.
This bold, anarchic production is brought to you by a creative powerhouse: adapted by Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), and directed by Rufus Norris (Everyman, London Road).
Contains scenes of a sexual nature, violence and filthy language.

Cert: 15

Tickets £11 (includes £1 development donation)

Live Screening

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ghostbusters...retro!

Wireless Mystery Theatre presents
Ghostbusters... Retro!
Friday 23rd September, 8pm

"To whom will you send a telegram?"

Thirty-two years after the original release of the film the award-winning Wireless Mystery Theatre presents Ghostbusters... Retro! Imagining how it might have been originally transmitted if it were a 30's radio play, with live sound-effects, music, and period commercials.

First broadcast in October 1939 on the American CBS, the original radio-play from which Harold Ramis largely plagiarised his 1984 film became the surprise hit of the 2014 Belfast Comedy Festival. Prepare for old-time scares. SPONSORED BY STAY PUFT MARSHMALLOWS!!!!

Wireless Mystery Theatre is Northern Ireland's only audio theatre company, specialising in live staged radio plays and broadcast material. They have toured the UK and the Republic of Ireland and their work has been commissioned for broadcast on BBC Radios 3 & 4.

Tickets £11/ £8 (includes £1 development donation)

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Be sure not to miss these other ticklish treats too...

nuala mckeever

In The Window
Friday 14th October, 8pm

Written and performed by Nuala McKeever
Directed by Andrea Montgomery

Life hasn't turned out the way Margaret dreamed. She's lonely as hell, in a house that won't sell, with no kids, no husband and a job that's deathly boring. So tonight, she's got a date with a bottle of pink fizz and a bowl of pink pills and she's going to go out in style.
But her romance with death is rudely interrupted by an intruder, a nosy neighbour and a policeman - a tall, handsome policeman.
In her internationally-acclaimed comedy hit, Nuala McKeever delivers a poignant, hilarious, cocktail that has wowed audiences from the USA to India.

"Totally captivating" ***** Broadway Baby

"Exceptional" Irish News


Tickets: £11/£8 (includes £1 development donation)

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guns n rose

The Big Tickle Presents
Guns N' Rosé:
A New Stand Up Show by Peter E Davidson

Saturday 26th November, 8pm


Peter E Davidson is a 38 year old rosé wine drinking man adrift in a sea of beer drinkers. How did he end up this way? Are you born a rosé wine drinker or through a series of unfortunate incidents do you grow to be one? How many times can you lie to a barman with the phrase ‘...and a rosé for the Mrs.'? All of the big questions will be answered in this hilarious new show from Masons' Comedy regular MC and recent ‘Blame Game' panelist Peter E Davidson, fresh from its premiere at the Belfast Comedy Festival.

Tickets £8/ £6

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jo caulfield

Lakin McCarthy and the Big Tickle present
Jo Caulfield
The Customer Is Always Wrong

Saturday 4th March 2017, 8pm

Have you ever noticed that even when you're right, you're wrong? From the potential minefields of dating, relationships and divorce, to the simple things, like booking a holiday, or joining a pub-quiz team - nothing is ever as straightforward as it should be. Jo Caulfield is determined to get things back on track...

Award-winning Stand-Up comedian Jo Caulfield takes a humorous look at life's potential traps, what can go wrong and how to deal with them. Sharp, witty and insightful, Jo will make you think as much as she makes you laugh.

As seen on The John Bishop Show, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You.

Tickets £15/ £12 (includes £1 development donation)

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Children's Art Festival

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The Playhouse Childrens & Youth Arts Festival

One of the City Calendar's highlights, The Playhouse Childrens Arts Festival, is the longest running Childrens Arts Festival in Northern Ireland.

For the last two weeks of every July, The Playhouse host this colourful and funfilled extravaganza, with children of all ages taking part in workshops Drama, Visual Arts, Dance and more!

The Playhouse Children's Art Festival is an integral event on the Playhouse calendar. Children's creative intuition is untarnished, honest, and gives a unique insight to how children see the shape of the world around them. The Playhouse Children's Arts Festival strives to nurture these talents and give children an opportunity to express themselves through the Arts

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The 2012 Festival

Art in Motion

The 2012 The Playhouse's Children's Arts Festival meet it's goal to A.I.M high by launching Art in Motion 2012! Northern Ireland's longest running Children's Arts Festival celebrated its 20th year with a vibrant selection of art themes to suit children from 3- 12 years of age.

The A.I.M (Art in Motion) Youth Arts Festival for 13-16 year olds was also launched in 2012, including graffiti/street art, music and motion, and for the first time ever culinary arts!

 

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The 2013 Festival

Monday 22nd July to Friday 2nd August

N.Ireland's longest running Children's and Youth Arts Festival is back again this summer and celebrating its 21st Birthday- and its already sold out!!

Anyone who's been before will remember the exciting and fun activities on offer, and this year, we're going to make it even bigger and better, because we have another reason to celebrate as 2013 UK City of Culture!

The festival will be divided into three age categories; from 4-6 year olds, 7-12 years old and our teen's group ranging from 13-16 and will include Visual Art, Drama, Dance and a few surprises still to be announced. Teens will also be treated to classes in Special Effects, Stage Make up, Animation, Social Networking and Journalism with the BBC!

For the two-week masterclasses, a team of the best qualified facilitators will provide a wide and colourful variety of fun workshops that are sure to entertain and educate!

The Playhouse Children and Youth Arts Festival 2013 is sponsored by Arts and Business, Bank of Ireland and Partridge Peartree, with support from the BBC.



Specialist workshops

Carers' Crafts

A Social, Creative, & Fun Craft Programme for Carers
Every Tuesday in September 2015, 11am-1pm

Are you aged 60+ and have caring responsibilities or do you care for someone who is 60+? Then why not come along and learn jewellery making and felt craft. Take home a finished piece and materials pack. Come for one session or come for all four.

Meet other carers, learn a craft, and take home a craft pack every session!
Only £2 per session...all monies go towards a sumptuous morning tea break...
Elevenses....a perfect time for craft, tea & chat!

This opportunity is made possible through NW Ageing Well Together Carers fund.

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Lives below the Radar (Strabane)
A Shared Memory and Drama Project for Strabane's LGBT Community

Led by award winning LGBT writer and activist Hilary McCollum, the project invites members and supporters of the LGBT community to come together in a safe and supportive workshop environment, to share experiences through storytelling. Workshops will be run in late August and throughout the autumn, in the Social Enterprise Hub Strabane.

Stories will be developed into a script that will be performed in the spring of 2016.

The project is delivered under the Good Relations Programme of Derry and Strabane District Council

 


Golden Ticket Competition!

 

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Win a season of free theatre with a Playhouse Golden Ticket!

 

A revamped Playhouse brochure for Autumn / Winter 2012 has been released, along with the biggest prize The Playhouse has ever given away!

To celebrate City of Culture 2013 we're giving one lucky customer free entry to any events in our Spring 2013 programme and free night's stay in the Tower Hotel Derry, Londonderry.

Just join our mailing list for the chance to win!

Just subscribe to our mailing list from our homepage or send your full name and email address to whatson@derryplayhouse.co.uk before Monday 3rd December 2012.

 

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Click below to view the new look Autumn / Winter 2012 brochure!

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20 Interesting Facts About The Playhouse Buildings

1. Artillery Street is the site of one of Derry's first theatres, Talbot's Theatre which was built in 1774 on the corner of Artillery Street and London Street (formally Widow's Row). The huge demand for the theatre led to the first new opening in the city walls (New Gate) since they were built, at the top of Artillery Street! Artillery Street gets its name from a house situated against the walls (Artillery House - 1738) which probably housed artillery pieces

2. The Old Convent in Pump Street which is linked by a courtyard to The Playhouse on Artillery Street, was originally built as the Kings Arms Hotel in 1780 for the Grand Jury. In 1840 the Kings Arms was put up for sale and was purchased by a Thomas Doherty of Muff for £1,210 acting on behalf of the Catholic Bishop Dr Mc Laughlin, since at that time Catholics were not allowed to purchase property within the walls of the city

3. St. Columb's College and Thornhill College were both founded in the combined site of Pump Street and Artillery Street. The first convent in N.Ireland since the Reformation was founded on this site, when the Sisters of Mercy moved into Pump Street in 1848. The nuns set up a primary school in Pump Street in 1848, St Peters, and in 1887 due to expanding numbers the upper school in Artillery Street (St Mary's) was built. It was originally built as a school for homeless girls, but before it was completed it was decided it should be a high school for girls.

4. Due to expanding numbers the lower school on Artillery Street (St Josephs) was built in 1911. Again, it was originally built as a school for homeless girls but again was not used for that purpose. The Irish inscription above the Red Door reads "The House of St Joseph for our Girls for the Convent of Mercy".

5. The famous architect E.J. Toye who also designed other listed buildings in the city including St. Eugene's Cathedral spire, Lumni Christi and Pennyburn Church designed St Joseph's (Upper school in Artillery Street).

6. St Joseph's opened in 1911 with a play being performed in the New Hall; the same space nearly 100 years later is The Playhouse Theatre!

7. The schools are amongst the tallest on the Derry skyline and have unparalleled views of the city.

8. The lower school, St. Mary's is one of only two wooden cobbled entrances in the whole of Ireland, the other being Trinity College, Dublin. Each Storey is ventilated; usually buildings of more than one storey are vented just on the bottom floor

9. In a recent structural survey of the building of the Upper School, St Joseph's, it was found that each of the windows above ground level have hidden external wooden shutters which are rolled up into a blind. The same windows are also sashed and hinged, making them unique in Ireland and possibly in the British Isles.

10. The Upper School (St Joseph's) is said to be haunted by a friendly ghost, a nun!

11. In 1986 an application was made to demolish the two schools on Artillery Street at a cost of £100,000. This was refused by the Dept. of Environment. The two buildings are now "B1" Listed, two of only seven in the city centre. St. Joseph's building appeared in the 6th edition of "Buildings at Risk" by the "Ulster Architect Heritage Society" in association with "Environment & Heritage Service".

12. In the early 1990's, the buildings were saved by Pauline Ross, The founder of The Playhouse, with the assistance of a local businessman, Joe Mulhern and £300!

13. The Playhouse buildings, despite their poor condition are now home to one of Ireland's best known art centres incorporating an Award Wining 192 seater theatre (one of only a handful of commissioning and producing theatre's in Ireland), gallery, dance studio, play resource centre, education and outreach department and also home to several cultural and art based tenants including resident theatre companies, artists, dance companies, and nine theatre groups/companies to name but a few!

14. The Playhouse is home to several flagship festivals including "The Big Tickle Comedy Festival" in September (the largest comedy festival in N.Ireland) as well as the Children's Art Festival in July of each year.

15. Over 100,000 people pass through the doors of the buildings each year, and an additional 30,000 are reached through The Playhouses Education and Outreach work ensuring that The Playhouse continually strives to meet its remit of "Making Arts Accessible to All". In 2004 The Playhouse was awarded "The Stage - Outstanding Achievement in Regional Theatre Award"; the first time the award ever was awarded to a theatre in N.Ireland as well as "The Tower Hotel Business Excellence Awards Overall Winner - 2004".


16. In 2004 The Playhouse won the N.Irish heat of the national television competition, BBC Restoration, and in August 2004, Blonski Architects presented the plans for the £4.6 million refurbishment of the two "B1 Listed" schools and new-build in the lower courtyard. Since then The Playhouse have raised £4.5 million of the £4.6 million needed to refurbish its buildings. The funding package is being completed at the moment, with work starting on the buildings in July 2007.

 

 

17. In March 2009 the Playhouse buildings (which were at the end of their refurbishment) won the "Royal Institute of Town Planner - Sustainability & Regeneration Award 2009", the first time that this prestigious award was won by an Arts Centre in N.Ireland.

18. In November 2009 the buildings won the prestigious BURA (British Urban Regeneration Association) Awards for "Best Practice in Regeneration". The building not only won because of the way the stunning buildings have been regenerated, but also how they acted as a catalysis for regeneration of the Cathedral Quarter of Derry, and more importantly, that in so many ways they acted as a tool in the regeneration of people themselves.

19. In December 2010 The Playhouse won The William Keown Trust "Prestige Access Award" for the County, in recognition of The Playhouses contribution to an accessible, user friendly environment.

20. In June 2012 The Playhouse won the "Derry-Londonderry Business Award "Promotion of Arts & Culture" in recognition of its international work as well as conceiving the idea of Derry going for a City of Culture title; Derry will be the "UK City Of Culture" in 2013.

 

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Useful Links

 

Playhouse Projects

 

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International Culture Arts Network (ICAN)
www.icanplayhouse.com

 

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Theatre of Witness
www.theatreofwitness.org

 

Artskills

Artksills
www.artskills.co.uk

 

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What If?
www.whatifproject.co.uk

 

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Playhouse Heritage
www.playhouseheritage.co.uk


Culture/ Tourism

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City of Culture
www.cityofculture2013.com

 

http://www.visitderry.com/
Visit Derry
www.visitderry.com

 

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What's on guide to Derry-Londonderry
www.whatsonderrylondonderry.com

 

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Northern Ireland Tourist Board
www.discovernorthernireland.com

 

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City of Derry Airport
www.cityofderryairport.com

 

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Tower Hotel
www.towerhotelderry.com

 

Useful sites

The Sensory Engagement Programme
www.sensoryengagement.com

 

The SITE Project
www.wordpress.com/siteproject

 

The Creative Path
www.creativepath.co.uk

 

Funders

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Arts Council of Northern Ireland
www.artscouncil-ni.org

 

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Derry City Council
www.derrycity.gov.uk

 

For more information on all Playhouse funders click here

 

The Playhouse is not responsible for the content of these sites.


Lets Get Loud

Lets Get Loud

Lets Get Loud is a project with three organisations who all work with adults with learning difficulties - The Playhouse in Northern Ireland, PSOUU in Gdansk, Poland and Internationaler Bund in Hadamar, Germany.

We held a series of workshops in each country enabling learning disabled adults and their care workers to train in drumming, arts & crafts, therapeutic techniques and carnival skills, and participate in local carnival type festivals including Derry's St Patrick's Day Festival 2012, and Music Concerts in Gdansk and Hadamar.

The project was funded by EU Grundtvig Programme.

 

Click here for our video of the project in Germany Poland and Northern Ireland.

 



Playcraft Live 2017

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Playcraft Live was an exciting new project to create the world's first play inside Minecraft!

An amazing team of writers, directors, actors and professional Minecraft builders  created a brand new play and then performed it live inside Minecraft and on stage at The Playhouse Theatre in Derry/Londonderry.

Every set was  built in blocks. Every character was  performed live inside Minecraft by real gamers. Every word of the play was performed live in the theatre by real actors. And you can still watch it online after the global livestream event on 14 October 2017.

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No Place Like Home 2017

"No Place like Home" is a project looking at the subject of homelessness and culminating in a performance by young homeless parents from the Shepherd's View Young Parents initiative.

The show was developed from the original stories of the young parents and their experiences of homelessness and featured song, satire, drama and a very powerful message about the often overlooked issue of homelessness in this city and beyond. Read More »

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Arts & Older Peoples Programme 2014- 2015

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A Playhouse programme which invited rural community groups aged 65 + to participate in Digital Multi Media, Visual Arts, Music and Creative Writing.
Groups involved in the programme included Tullyalley Cosy Club (who participated in Digital Multi Media and Creative Writing), Sionmills Community Forum (who explored Creative Writing and through the Music workshops completed a song about Mill life), and Faughanvale Community Project, (who used Music, including dancing, writing,  singing some of their own work), and participating in Multi Media workshops.

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Joe, a participant from Faughanvale Community Project, enjoying a multi media workshop.

 

The aim of the programme was to promote a number of benefits which will improve health, confidence, esteem and emotional well being.


The programme culminated in participating groups hosting a workshop, exhibition or performance in March 2015, the ‘Arts & Elders' festival month.

 

"I would like to say a big thanks to you all for giving senior citizens the opportunity do work on something like this. It was through [the facilitator] that has gave me the inspiration to keep on singing by joining my church choir ... and beginning singing lessons for adults.. and it's all down to your wonderful work & inspiration. Thank you again most sincerely and hope that you will do something like this in the future again." Project participant

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Theatre of Witness

Theatre of Witness

Theatre of Witness is a form of performance, developed by founder and artistic director Teya Sepinuck that gives voice to those who have been marginalised, forgotten or are invisible in society. Their true, life stories, performed by the people themselves, are shared onstage so that audiences can collectively bear witness to issues of suffering, redemption and social justice. Theatre of Witness productions, performed in spoken word, music, movement and film projection, put a face and heart to societal issues of suffering, and celebrate the power of the human spirit to grow and transform.
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ICAN 2010 – 2013

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International Culture Arts Network (ICAN)
 

A vibrant three year project designed by the Playhouse, which built on the successes of previous Playhouse projects. ICAN will be delivered by the Playhouse in partnership with North 55, Co. Donegal. This project was part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Since its inception the Playhouse has, and continues to nurture local, national and International collaborations and partnerships which have thus far provided a range of inspiring outcomes. The ICAN project usesd & developed the Playhouse and North 55's international connections to bring high quality artists to the North of Ireland and the Border Counties to work with, trade and exchange skills and knowledge with the local communities.
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ARTID 2008- 2010

Funded by EU Gruntvig, ARTID is a multi-national learning exchange project with Arts & Educational partners in N. Ireland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Lithuania.
 
Every partner has applied a research and development process focusing on the development, test and optimization of a new adult education action related to the thematic frame “Identity and Difference” with artistic activities as a core element. In these actions the participants are made aware of their own cultural, social and personal identity in a way that promotes their ability to appreciate diversity and differences as enrichment to their personal, social and cultural life.
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What IF? Project 2008- 2011

What If? Project

The What IF? Project is a three year project funded by the International Fund for Ireland that works with young people from Interface areas in Derry Londonderry and cross border in Donegal. The project uses creative arts activity to enable young people to work with others from areas they are apprehensive of and support each other as they work towards common goals.


The programme uses the arts as a catalyst to explore community relations issues and challenges personal & community attitudes, broadens horizons, builds trust, understanding & respect, & helps overcome a legacy of violence, prejudice & sectarianism. The project offers Open College Network Training in Visual Arts, Film and Video, Drama and Performance, Dance and Leadership in Youth Work OCN level 1.

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Artskills 2008-2015

Artskills

The Playhouse offers an innovative approach to literacy training, by using the arts as an alternative medium to develop literacy skills. The Literacy curriculum encompasses the following Core Elements - Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

Artskills provides young people with the opportunity to participate in creative training that will enhance their literacy ability. This innovative approach is an opportunity for them to develop skills and interests whilst engaging in meaningful, social and creative activity. The Playhouse will ensure that all participants are signposted towards additional training and opportunities to further develop skills and interests in the arts.

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iRemember

iRemember

The Playhouse is delighted to work on a major arts project, working with partners across Europe.

The iRemember European project which is being led by Italian partners, including one the largest University in Europe, The University of Rome. Other partner countries include Armenia, Romania, Spain and Portugal.

The iRemember project aims to develop, share and test an innovative methodology for the teaching/learning of contemporary history. The project aims to enhance teaching skills through intergenerational management techniques, storytelling and storyboarding techniques and innovative technology.iRemember is funded by the Italian government through the EU ERASMUS+ funding.

This innovative project for The Playhouse follows on from a succession of European projects involving partners in Italy, Finland, Austria, France, Poland to name but a few.

Click here to see Teacher's pack / methodology.

 

IRemember films

The key themes of the "Laboratories of Memory" in Derry, Northern Ireland were to explore the realities, lived experience, and legacies of the Northern Irish Troubles. The drive was to present young people with a powerful learning and interactive experience away from the cold sterility of their text books.

The Derry Playhouse IRemember Laboratories of Memory ran for 9 workshops between April and June 2016.
Students were introduced to filming techniques, active listening, scripting questions for interviews, and the online training.

Differing methods and modes of storytelling, the power of narrative, and the vital importance of creating an arc of story from original source material (interviews)were explored. Activities included storyboarding using popular music with song lyrics, digital storytelling, and work that allowed for the development of creative language use under the guidance of IRemember lead facilitator Louise McElhinney.


Click here to see the final film

And here to see a documentary on the methodology and the process.

 

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iRemember is funded by the Italian government through the EU ERASMUS+ funding.

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OCN Accredited Arts Training

Playhouse education

The Playhouse was the first Art Centre in Northern Ireland to gain Open College Network (OCN) accredited centre status in 1997, and each year we help more than 500 people achieve OCN qualifications in the arts. Our training emphasises a practical, hands on style of learning, and is suitable for all abilities from those with no qualifications to University graduates. We have worked with long term unemployed, prisoners, lone parents, young people at risk, homeless, people with literacy deficit and disabled people.


Accredited Evening Classes with The Playhouse

What gets your creative juices flowing?

Get creative, have fun, learn a new skill.. and gain an Open College Network (OCN) qualification!

The Playhouse announces several Adult Night Classes in partnership with the North West Regional College.

Creative Writing OCN Level 2
Start Date: Monday 26 September 2016
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: The Playhouse
Ten Weeks

Digital Photography OCN Level 2
Start Date: Wednesday 28 September 2016
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: NWRC
Ten Weeks

Performance OCN Level 1
Start Date: Monday 26 September 2016
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: The Playhouse
Ten Weeks

 

Cost: £45(concessionary) £60 (full price) The cost includes registration fees for Open College Network to obtain qualification. For further information please contact The Playhouse on 02871 268027 or email siuan@derryplayhouse.co.uk.

 

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First Call Youth Theatre

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FIRST CALL YOUTH THEATRE

If you are a budding performer between 16 to 25 years of age and want to learn the craft of acting, improvisation and performance skills in a fun environment, then this Youth Theatre Company is for you.

Participants will work towards a final showcase in various aspects of performance. If you can sing - great, if you can play a musical instrument - great, if you think you can act - great - we want to hear from you.

First Call Youth Theatre training is accredited through Open College Network and members will receive accredited Certificates in Performance at Level 3.

First Call offers those taking part a great opportunity to learn the craft of acting and improvisation through a variety of performance skills activities. It promises to be fun, whilst helping to develop your confidence.

Contact The Playhouse on 02871 268027 for more information.

 

"Fantastic course...wish it was longer... I had an intertest in Performing Arts and needed help with my confidence... I began coming out of my shell.." First Call Participant 2015

 

First Call 2013


City of Derry Jazz Festival

City of Derry Jazz Festival

The Playhouse is delighted to play host to some of the best and brightest acts this years Jazz festival has to offer below is a list of events the playhouse will host in association with the jazz festival

City Of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival presents

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The Dark Energy Trio
Thursday 2nd May, 8pm

The Dark Energy TrioDouble bass supremo Alan Niblock will be taking to the Playhouse stage, where he will be accompanied by top saxophonist Paul Dunmall and drummer Mark Sanders.

The Trio, who channel their talents into tje specialized art of improvisation, in their own words take their influence from "the mysteries of dark energy by investigating and exploring the musical possibilities of this phenonenon." One not to be missed.

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David Lyttle featuring Jason Rebello
Friday 3rd May, 8pm

This year David brings with him the iconic pianist Jason Rebello, known for his work with Wayne Shorter and his long association with Sting. They will be accompanied by Damian Evans, arguably Ireland's most in-demand bassist, and the trio will be showcasing the hard-swinging contemporary jazz that has made David a household name in Irish jazz for the past decade.

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Paul McIntyre Trio plus Guest
Saturday 4th May, 2pm

Paul McIntyre Trio with special guest Richies Buckley on tenor sax with Dave Fleming on double bass and Myles Drennnan on drums.

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John Leigton
Saturday 4th May, 8pm

The past couple of years have been good for John Leighton. The local musician and song writer has found favour with the critics following the release of his debut album 'Dramatic Life', and he hasn't looked back. This is Leighton's fourth appearance at the jazz festival, and the pianist continues to develop his own distinct musical style.

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Louis Stewart with Gay McIntyre, Paul McIntyre, Dave Flemming
Sunday 5th May, 2pm 

Paul McIntyre Trio with special guest Louis Stewart and Gay McIntyre with Dave Fleming on double bass and Myles Drennan on drums.

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Club Cabaret
Sunday 5th May, 8pm

Enjoy the ambiance of a 1930's/40's Night Club setting inspired by The Great American Songbook,
Dress up and step out in the style reminiscent of the glamorous, glitzy and glorious heyday of stage and screen. Dance and romance or sit back and relax. Enjoy a glass of wine or Club Cabaret cocktail. Special Guest and Ballaré Dance Group.

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UK City of Culture 2013

 

City of Culture 2013

 

Derry~Londonderry's year as UK City of Culture 2013 and The Playhouse

Showcasing the best of the great talent and our beautiful historic city, the incredible line-up of theatre, art, music and community engagement that 2013 had to offer proved 2013 to be a unique year, one that has set down a great foundation for a lasting legacy for the city and for N.Ireland.

 

"Yet again this little venue by the walls casts its unquivering gaze on the largest of political and historical subjects. Told without flinching, The Clearing is as good a weapon for political theatre as we've come to expect from Artillery Street... this opus is magnificent in scale and scope. Think Irish history told by the RSC" Derry Journal

 

The Playhouse brought on board a new producer for 2013. By December 2013 he had produced a whopping 13 plays.

With The Playhouse producing seven times its usual commissioning, producing and touring remit, the theatre was under no illusions in January 2013 of the exciting and terrifying year it had ahead.

New work by several Northern Irish writers, including Gary Mitchell, Seamas Keenan and Ken McCormack were commissioned, while local actors worked with BAFTA award winning directors and internationally acclaimed French and US theatre companies.

A local cast and crew of experienced and emerging artists and graduates were employed for a year to produce a programme so varied it took our stage from 18th Century Derry~Londonderry to Long Kesh Prison in 1974 and back again within a number of weeks.

Important contributions to both the purposeful inquiry and joyful celebration laid out in the 2013 bid document were staged, while local drama students were given access to their rehearsals.

West End stars delivered free pre-audition workshops on accessing Shakespeare, while a BAFTA award winning film maker discussed acting for screen with local actors. 

And Field Day returned. And not just on their own, but with the world premiere of a new play by Hollywood legend Sam Shepard; directed by the esteemed Nancy Meckler and a local cast.The resulting piece was descrbed by the Derry Journal as "The most significant theatrical event in Derry's history".

As one of only a handful of venues commissioning, producing and touring theatre in the island of Ireland, The Playhouse previously produced just one piece a year, but for 2013 produced seven new productions and two tours.

In May, as The Playhouse prepared to open ‘Re-energize' by Gary Mitchell, announcing a two week tour for the show to The Lyric, Belfast later in the year, the theatre was undertaking a simultaneous tour of ‘Over the Wire' by Seamas Keenan to Glasgow. The only piece commissioned for the City of Culture programme announced to tour outside of Northern Ireland, ‘Over the Wire' was lauded as a "gripping, brutal, at times bleakly funny exploration of institutionalism and paranoia" by The Scotsman, who described the piece as "an impressive calling card" from the city.

But UK City of Culture 2013 was never just about the theatre. It was about expanding and building upon The Playhouse's remit to simply "Make arts accessible to all".

2013 was about working to deliver arts, education and community based cross community work to a wide range of participants, customers and service users, to provide a platform for new and emerging arts, actors and theatre students to engage with a working theatre and arts centre.

The important work carried out through The Playhouse's Education and Outreach Programme expanded and developed throughout the year of culture, creativity and community engagement. Hundreds of students gained an accredited qualification through accredited programmes, facilitated throughout the city and across the island of Ireland. The Playhouse Artskills project- an innovative approach to literacy training which uses the arts as an alternative medium to develop literacy skills- expanded its work to harder to reach rural areas in Ballykelly and Dungiven.

The Commissioner for Victims and Survivors, Kathryn Stone OBE, praised Theatre of Witness performers as "beacons of hope and true peacemakers", while over 700 letters of support were signed over the weekend by audience members moved by the story of three asylum seekers taking part in The Playhouse Theatre of Witness production, ‘Sanctuary'.

The Playhouse International Culture Arts Network (ICAN) Street Talk project was developed in collaboration with the PSNI, where young people from loyalist, nationalist and protestant rural areas, were given creative ways to express their identities, explore sectarianism, anti-social behaviour and hate crime through graffiti, DJing, animation and light box art.

Free workshops, discussions and lectures on sexual health and family planning, self image, the politics of breastfeeding, literature, fashion and the hijabi were all offered at the Women of the World Festival in November, while the Belfast Media Festival travelled for the first time in its history in September, coming to The Playhouse to offer debate around diversity in the creative industries, discussion around current and new broadcast technology and free camera training workshops from the BBC Academy.

This summer the BBC also helped The Playhouse Children and Youth Arts Festival celebrate its 21st Birthday with the BBC Northern Ireland Bus. The BBC Northern Ireland's Knowledge and Learning team treated teens to classes in journalism with the BBC, as well as the wide selection of other workshops during the festival in special effects, stage make up, animation, and social networking. The festival continued its 21 year aim to encourage and nurture children's talent and give them an opportunity to express themselves through the arts in a fun, caring and creative environment.

"2013 took our city on an extraordinary journey, putting us on a world stage, providing a platform for the remarkable homegrown talent we have here. The world got a glimpse of this ambitious, creative community and a space was created for them to develop and expand their repertoire" Niall McCaughan at The Playhouse said.

"As the year draws to a close we have to turn our attention to not just the continuation of this remit, but to extending it. This work will prove where the real legacy of 2013 will always be felt and celebrated."

 

2013 highlights at The Playhouse...

 

January 2013

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OVER THE WIRE by Seamas Keenan

Directed by Kenny Glenaan

It's 1974, rioting prisoners have set fire to Long Kesh jail in Belfast and much of the prison is destroyed.

This new play by multi award winning writer Seamas Keenan, directed by BAFTA award winning Scottish Film & TV Director Kenny Glenaan (Spooks, Wired), follows five prisoners now pitched into a world of violence, paranoia and hunger as they struggle against British soldiers, each other and their own personal demons.

The first of many productions produced by The Playhouse for Derry Londonderry's 2013 UK City of Culture programme, this powerful and captivating play was met with critical acclaim.

"A gritty and stylish piece of theatre from Derry's Playhouse" Sunday Times

"A GRIPPING, brutal, at times bleakly funny exploration of institutionalism and paranoia" THE SCOTSMAN

‘...the production was exceptional... powerful yet provocative... the audience was hooked from the moment they stepped into the unique theatre setting...' **** BELFAST TELEGRAPH"

‘Over The Wire' is perhaps the most captivating theatre commissions Derry has hosted in recent years" Derry Journal

"a play that looks beyond questions of justification and the rights and wrongs of the Northern Irish conflict, to explore instead the loneliness and despair of the individual, caught in a particular moment of history". Irish Theatre Magazine

"Shook the audience off their seats...Such was the calibre of the acting, writing, directing and production....Over The Wire is a must see for anyone interested in modern Irish History" Irish News

"short, sharp and sometimes shocking, with Keenan's script illustrating the pains of confinement with a gimlet-eyed lack of sentimentality devastatingly portrayed by a fine ensemble cast" **** The Herald

"Keenan's fine line in black comedy shines through the grimness, in what is a powerful and gripping production." Scottish televsion (STV.com)

Click to view production shots or promotional video.

To view show programme click here

 

Following its sell out world premiere at the Playhouse, 'Over the Wire' then toured to the Tron Theatre in Glasgow in May 2013. The only piece commissioned for the City of Culture programme announced to tour outside of Northern Ireland, the production was met with critical acclaim, welcomed as an "impressive calling card" from the city (The Scotsman)

 

February 2013

on the subject of love

ON THE SUBJECT OF LOVE by Ken McCormack
Directed by Catriona McLaughlin

Viewed as the first modern ‘European' and one of the 18th Century's great eccentrics, Bishop of Derry Frederick Augustus Hervey, was a phenomenal Builder, art collector and a notorious womaniser.

Writer and broadcaster Ken McCormack joined forces with esteemed Donegal director Caitríona McLaughlin, best known for her work on the stages of New York and London, for this new commission about 'The Earl Bishop's' life and loves in February 2013.

"Spellbinding... The beguiling tale of the learned lover had each and every member of the Playhouse audience spellbound" **** Belfast Telegraph

Click to view production shots or promotional video.

To view show programme click here

 

April 2013

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TILLIES by Patsy Durnin
Directed by Nicky Harley

Presented by The Playhouse at The Millennium Forum, 'Tillies' is an affectionate epitaph to the women and men who sewed, sweated, laughed and cried in Derry's shirt factories through the decades, a vivid and emotional portrait of the famous factory and its times.

Opened in 1856, Tillies and Henderson's factory stood for one hundred and forty seven years as a testament to the industrialist William Tillie and to the sewing skills of the factory girls of the city until its eventual demolition in 2003

"Touching... filled with moments of sheer humour" Belfast Telegraph

"an affectionate epitaph... [a] highly personal and authentic account about life in the Tillie and Henderson shirt factory" Culture NI

Click to view production shots or promotional video.

To view show programme click here

 

May 2013

re-energize
RE-ENERGIZE by Gary Michell
Directed by Conall Morrison

With Original Music by John and Damian O'Neill of The Undertones

Written by one of Northern Ireland's leading playwrights Gary Mitchell, ‘Re-energize' is set thirty years after ‘Punk-tastic' success of ‘Energy', where a wannabe punk band rehearsed, bickered and tried to get their act together for that all-important first gig.

Now with music composed by John and Damian O'Neill of The Undertones, and under the direction of the highly esteemed Conall Morrison, the band members re-unite to do one last gig to prove to themselves, each other, their annoying teenage children that they could have been somebody...

Re-Energize toured to The Lyric, Belfast in September 2013.

"taut, tense and intelligent... Played and sung live, with the volume cranked up to the max, it sounds, well, magic" Irish Theatre Magazine

"Heartwarming and humorous amidst the serious issues, the packed out audience were rocking along with the band as they practiced for their upcoming gig" **** Belfast Telegraph

"a heartwarming, life affirming comedy... Rock on" Irish News

Click to view production shots or promotional video.

To view show programme click here

 

June 2013

the cook

THE COOK by Georgia Rhoades
Directed by Dennis Bohr

In 1725, Cecily Jackson was burned in Derry on a charge of petty treason. Professor at Appalachian State University, USA Georgia Rhoades explores her tragic story.

Inspired by Colm Cavanagh's work on the Derry jail, Georgia has researched the context of Cecily's death for over 10 years, reading about Derry life in the early 18th century, Bishop Nicolson and the history of St. Columb's, servants' lives, civil punishment, 18th century recipes, and customs of the privileged classes in Northern Ireland.

While much is unknown, The Cook is an imaginative treatment of the year before the execution and what led Cecily Jackson to her death.

"Well acted, well conceived, with beautiful composition...very very good" BBC Radio Ulster

Click here to view photographs.

To view show programme click here

 

November 2013

the clearing

THE CLEARING by Helen Edmundson

Produced in partnership with Dear Conjunction Theatre Company, Paris
Directed by Patricia Kessler

‘The Clearing' is set during the years of the Irish transplantation and the era of Cromwell. All Irish and English settlers who had fought against the Commonwealth were to be dispossessed of their land and banished, on pain of execution, to inhospitable and famine-stricken Connaught.

Robert Preston, a young English Protestant has married Maddy O'Hart, a fiery Irish Catholic. They live happily on Robert's family home in Ireland, until Cromwell's laws threaten not only their happiness, but their lives.

The play is an emotional rollercoaster of love, betrayal, power and class.

"Yet again this little venue by the walls casts its unquivering gaze on the largest of political and historical subjects. Told without flinching, The Clearing is as good a weapon for political theatre as we've come to expect from Artillery Street... this opus is magnificent in scale and scope. Think Irish history told by the RSC" Derry Journal (Click here to read full review)

Click here to view photographs.

 

December 2013

monologues

Three Monologues: Twinkletoes, Mustn't Forget High Noon, Christine
by Jennifer Johnston

Direted by Caitriona McLaughlin

Three monologues written by Jennifer Johnston in response to The Troubles in Northern Ireland.
In Mustn't Forget High Noon the best friend of a young Protestant man, Billy, has just been shot by the IRA. In Christine the wife of Billy and she mourns his violent death at the hands of the IRA. In Twinkletoes the wife of a top IRA prisoner and is looked up to by her community.
These monologues have rarely been performed, and this project is an opportunity to showcase the lesser known dramatic work of one of Ireland's greatest living writers.
This production was performed both in the Playhouse itself, and several on location matinee performances, when the audience were taken to three mystery locations.

"an intense, intriguing evening of quiet drama and sombre reflection, of dry humour and old fashioned values: a satisfying opportunity to showcase three exquisitely constructed but lesser known dramatic works by one of Ireland's most accomplished living writers" Irish Theatre Magazine (Click here for full review)

"in Jennifer Johnston's Three Monologues, the Playhouse's final offering of the year, it has kept the best to the last" Culture NI (Click here for full review)

"There is no doubt this was a production that many will talk about, and which will be a highlight for many... I hope that innovative and unique productions like these will continue to come from The Playhouse in 2014 and beyond" Derry Journal (Click here for full review)

Click here to view photographs.

 



Street Talk

 

Street Talk is a cross community project involving young people from four communities in Northern Ireland.

Street Talk enables young people from Limavady, Derry-Londonderry, Magherafelt and Strabane to come together with their local police officers to address issues relevant to them in their own communities.

Law, order and policing, understanding the legal system, and breaking down barriers between communities are all addressed.

Young people to use the arts to discuss issues that affect them in their everyday life and communities. This give the chance to talk about and break down community relations issues felt by both communities with the aim of promoting friendships.

Street Talk provided an opportunity for the young people to meet with and share creative skills with their local neighbourhood PSNI Officers.

The Street Talk Project is funded by J Paul Getty Charitable Trust and BBC Children in Need.

For more information about The Playhouse Street Talk Project contact Elaine Forde at The Playhouse on (028)71268027.

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Vision, Mission & Core Values

 


The Playhouse Vision
To Create Community, Celebrate Diversity and Empower People through the Arts

The Playhouse Mission
Is to deliver creative, innovative and accessible Arts, Education and Peace-building Programmes that enrich the lives of the people that we serve.

Core Values
We have four core values: community, creativity, quality and sustainability. These values describe who we are, what we stand for and how we function.


COMMUNITY - Belonging at The Playhouse
We work as a community, for the community - by creating safe spaces where people of diversity can mingle and thrive.

CREATIVITY - Imagine That
We continuously re-imagine new ways of working to ensure our performances, programmes and management processes are the best that they can be.

QUALITY - Giving of our Best
We strive for excellence in everything we do: in staged performance; in education provision; and in how The Playhouse is administered.

SUSTAINABILITY - Here for Good
We strive diligently to maintain the financial and organisational stability that has sustained us in the past.

 



Supporters

The Playhouse is committed to delivering creative, innovative and accessible arts, theatre and education to the community.

Our work is about engaging, entertaining, educating, empowering, challenging, confidence building and having fun, as well as providing an even wider range of services to the community.

The money you donate will go directly into funding and expanding this work.

The Playhouse partially relies on the kind support of the people of the North West. There are a number of ways in which you can show your support:

 

GIVE ONLINE
You can make a donation online via our donation partner The Big Give. Please click here to donate now or for information. Your contribution will help support and foster the Arts in Derry / Londonderry and contribute to the ongoing development of our rich cultural heritage.

 

TELEPHONE DONATIONS
If you prefer to donate via telephone, please call +44 (0)28 7126 8027 or email info@derryplayhouse.co.uk and we can discuss further options.

 

Click below to find our more about-

THE PLAYHOUSE APPLAUSE CLUB

CORPORATE PATRONS

VOLUNTEERING AT THE PLAYHOUSE

 

 


Corporate Patrons

Many thanks to our Corporate Patrons for supporting us!

corporate patrons

Playhouse corporate Patrons with Playhouse staff and the cast of 'Josef Locke- A Grand Adventure'.

 

James Doherty Meats

James Doherty Meats
www.jdm.co.uk

 

Nuprint

Nuprint
www.nuprintuk.com

 

Airporter

Airporter
www.airporter.co.uk

 

McGinnis Group

McGinnis Group
www.themcginnisgroup.com

 

Foyleside Shopping Centre

Foyleside Shopping Centre
www.foyleside.co.uk

 

 

Diamond Corrugated

Diamond Corrugated Cases
www.diamondcorr.com

 

 

Maldron Hotel

Maldron Hotel
www.maldronhotelderry.com

 

 

The Sandwich Company

The Sandwich Company
www.thesandwichco.com

 

 

Fleming Agri-Products

Fleming Agri-Products
www.fleming-agri.co.uk

 

 

MCI Accountants

MCI Chartered Accountants
www.mciaccountants.com

 

 

Moore Stephens

Moore Stephens
www.moorestephens.co.uk

 

Bank Of Ireland Logo Update

Bank of Ireland
www.bankofireland.co.uk

 

 

picommunications
www.picommunications.tv

 

 

Translink

Translink
www.translink.co.uk

 

 

mccambridge duffy


McCambridge Duffy
www.mccambridgeduffy.co.uk

 

Northbound

Northbound Brewery
www.northboundbrewery.com

 

caldwell & Robinson


Caldwell Robinson
www.caldwellrobinson.com

 

 

 

THE PLAYHOUSE CORPORATE PATRONS SCHEME

You can also Help The Playhouse to provide educational opportunities for some of the most vulnerable and hard to reach members of our community, use the arts as a peacebuilding tool, and commission, produce and tour ground-breaking new theatre.


BENEFIT your business, staff and clients.
ENJOY unique client entertaining and staff opportunities within our creative arts centre.
LOVE us as one of Northern Ireland's most dynamic and cherished art centres.
INVOLVE your business with the local community.
EXPAND your brand to a wider audience.
VISUALISE a fun and creative way to fulfil your corporate social responsibilities.
ENHANCE our historical city by playing a meaningful role in our success.

 

Click HERE to see our Corporate Patrons information brochure

arrow      corporate patrons information brochure

 

YOUR SUPPORT

YOUR SUPPORT WILL ENABLE THE PLAYHOUSE TO...

• Provide EDUCATIONAL opportunities for some of the most vulnerable and hard to reach members of our community. Our training provides nationally recognized qualifications that kick starts educational and employment prospects as well as developing confidence, self-esteem and motivation.

"I‘ve really benefited from taking part...it has helped me identify what I want to do with my life and it has stopped me from deviating." Project Participant

• Use the arts as a PEACEBUILDING tool. We work with former members of Republican and Loyalist organisations, former RUC & current PSNI Officers, former Army personnel and relatives / children of people killed or severely affected by the Troubles. We have had a significant impact on peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland as recognised by the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial prize 2015.

"A very, very powerful and moving drama and testimony. Everyone in Northern Ireland should see this and reflect. This is true Community Relations work as it should be." Audience Member

• COMMISSION, PRODUCE and TOUR NEW THEATRE. Our work has been seen in Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Belgium and the USA to huge critical acclaim. We were awarded The Stage Award for Outstanding Achievement in Regional Theatre, and our latest production was described as:

"A gripping, brutal, at times bleakly funny exploration of institutionalism and paranoia, this intense psychological
piece... is an impressive calling card.
✩✩✩✩" The Scotsman


THE BENEFITS OF BEING A CORPORATE PATRON


For an annual fee of £500, your business will benefit from:

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
• An opportunity to align your business with The Playhouse's Education and Community Relations programming that reaches some of the most disadvantaged in our community.

HOSPITALITY AND CLIENT ENTERTAINMENT
• Invitations to attend exclusive Corporate Patrons events with high profile guests.
• Complimentary tickets to attend Playhouse Theatre productions.

BRAND EXPOSURE
As a Corporate Patron your company name will be acknowledged on The Playhouse's:
• Patron's Wall viewed by at least 20,000 people per year.
• Website viewed by 45,000 people per year.
• Seasonal brochure, 50,000 copies printed annually.
• Social Media platforms reaching over 30,000 people.

DISCOUNTS
• 20% discount for Playhouse venue hire. CLICK HERE to read more about hire options.
• 15% discount for bespoke and creative teambuilding sessions for your staff, customised to suit your objectives.
• 10% discount for your staff's children to attend The Playhouse's Children's Art Festival.

STAFF OPPORTUNITIES
• Volunteering opportunities for your staff and staff's children. CLICK HERE to read more about staff training opportunities. Let us bring new creative experiences from the arts into your business!

TAX DEDUCTIBLE
• You can claim tax relief on your corporate donation to The Playhouse.

 

Become a corporate Patron by getting in touch with Elaine or Jessica.


Elaine Forde elaine@derryplayhouse.co.uk

Max Beer max@derryplayhouse.co.uk

(028)71 268027

 

 

"What a gift The Playhouse is to the community" Roma Downey, Actor

 

 


Applause Club

An exciting new way to become part of The Playhouse


Only £25 a year or only £10 for students

Do you have a special memory of The Playhouse? Are you a fan of our work? Maybe you want to contribute to local arts? Or maybe you just want to become more involved?

The Playhouse has a very special way to do all these things- with The Playhouse Applause Club. Friends and supporters of The Playhouse can make a lasting difference -making a vital contribution to our work.

- Invitations to special events, openings, receptions & cast meet and greets
- Priority booking, exclusive news, events and show announcements
- Flash ticket offers
- Offers in the Playhouse bar, including 2 complimentary drinks upon joining the club
- Free show programmes
- A complimentary ticket when you introduce a new friend to the club
Most importantly, the opportunity to support the Playhouse


The Playhouse is committed to delivering creative, innovative and accessible arts, theatre and education to the community. The money members pay towards the Applause Club will go directly into funding and expanding this work.

We want to our supporters to open our big red doors to extraordinary theatre experiences, while giving a little something back to the local arts. And membership is also the perfect gift for any theatre lover!

 

"I feel privileged to be a member of the applause club and will recommend it to all my friends" Playhouse Applause Club Member

Applause Club Meet and Greet March 2015 Applause Club Meet and Greet March 2015

Applause Club Members taking part in an exclusive event at The Playhouse, which included a chat with Big Telly Theatre Company, their Artistic Director Zoe Seaton, and Playhouse Artistic Director Pauline Ross, hearing some performance poetry with performance poet, writer, burlesque performer, actor Mel Bradley and meeting with Artist Sean Keddy about his 365 Exhibition.


Join today or buy membership for a loved one by contacting The Playhouse on (028)71268027.

Terms and Conditions apply. Click here to read full T&C.

 


Our Funders

The Playhouse is Core Funded by:

ARTS COUNCIL NORTHERN IRELAND
Arts Council



DERRY CITY AND STRABANE DISTRICT COUNCIL
Derry City and Strabane District Council


COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL

Community Relations Council logo

The Playhouse has received grants for its Capital Projects from:


DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE, ARTS AND LEISURE
www.dcalni.gov.uk
DCAL



ARTS COUNCIL NORTHERN IRELAND
www.artscouncil-ni.org
Arts Council


HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND
www.hlf.org.uk
HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND


ILEX URC
www.ilex-urc.com

ilex

 

 


NORTHERN IRELAND TOURIST BOARD
www.nitb.com
Northern Ireland Tourist Board


INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR IRELAND
www.internationalfundforireland.com

iInternational Fund for Ireland


DEPARTMENT OF ENTERPRISE, TRADE AND INVESTMENT
www.detini.gov.uk
DETI


NORTHERN IRELAND ENVIRONMENT AGENCY
www.ehsni.gov.uk
NIEA


LOCAL STRATEGY PARTNERSHIP
www.lspderrycitycouncilarea.org.uk

LSP


ULSTER GARDEN VILLAGES
www.ulstergardenvillages.co.uk

Ulster Garden Villages

 

 


THE HENRY SMITH CHARITY
www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk

 

The Henry Smith Charity

 


THE HONOURABLE THE IRISH SOCIETY
www.irishsociety.infm.ulst.ac.uk
The Honourable Irish Society


ADAPT NI
www.adaptni.org

Adapt NI


GARFIELD WESTON FOUNDATION
www.garfieldweston.org

Garfield Weston


EU PEACE II PROGRAMME

 

 

www.eugrants.org 
EU Peace Fund       EU PEACE II

 


CULTURE COMPANY 2013

 

www.cityofculture2013.com

www.cityofculture2013.com

 


BANK OF IRELAND UK

 

www.boini.bankofireland.com

BANK OF IRELAND UK

 


 

The Playhouse has received grants and sponsorship for its Programming Activities from:

THE ARTS COUNCIL / AN CHOMHAIRLE EALAION ~
www.artscouncil.ie

ARTS AND BUSINESS ~
www.aandb.org.uk

ARTS COUNCIL NORTHERN IRELAND ~
www.artscouncil-ni.org

BBC CHILDREN IN NEED ~
www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey

BRITISH COUNCIL ~
www.britishcouncil.org

BRITISH TELECOM (BT) ~
www.bt.com

CLORE DUFFIELD FOUNDATION ~ 
www.cloreduffield.org.uk

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR NORTHERN IRELAND ~
www.communityfoundationni.org

COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCILS ~
www.community-relations.org.uk

DEPARTMENT FOR COMMUNITIES ~

www.communities-ni.gov.uk

DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT & LEARNING ~

www.delni.gov.uk

DEPARTMENT FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT ~
www.dsdni.gov.uk

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ~
www.dfa.ie

DERRY CITY COUNCIL ~
www.derrycity.gov.uk

ENKALON FOUNDATION ~
www.ffhb.org.uk

ESMEE FAIRBAIRN FOUNDATION ~
www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk

EU ERUSMUS+ ~
www.ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/node_en

EU PEACE II PROGRAMME ~ 
www.eugrants.org

EU PEACE III PROGRAMME ~
www.eugrants.org

EXECUTIVE OFFICE ~

www.executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk

FOYLE FOUNDATION ~
www.foylefoundation.org.uk

HALIFAX FOUNDATION

www.halifaxfoundationni.org

HENRY SMITH CHARITY ~

www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk

HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND ~
www.hlf.org.uk

HOPE FOR YOUTH ~

www.hopeforyouthni.com

INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR IRELAND ~
www.internationalfundforireland.com

J PAUL GETTY JNR CHARITABLE TRUST
www.jpgettytrust.org.uk

BRITVIC J20 ~
www.britvic.com

LLYODS TSB FOUDATION FOR NORTHERN IRELAND ~
www.lloydstsbfoundationni.org

MAGNERS ~
www.magners.com

PAUL HAMLYN FOUNDATION ~ 
www.phf.org.uk

POLICING & COMMUNITY SAFETY PARTNERSHIP ~

www.pcsps.org

PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY ~

www.publichealth.hscni.net

TESCO CHARITY TRUST ~
www.tescocharitytrustcommunityawards-applications.co.uk

THE IRELAND FUNDS ~
www.irlfunds.org

SANTANDER FOUNDATION ~

www.santanderfoundation.org.uk

THE SPACE ~

www.thespace.org

SILVIA WADDILOVE FOUNDATION ~

www.pwwsolicitors.co.uk/charity-grants/13-the-sylvia-waddilove-foundation-uk

WOMEN CARING TRUST ~
www.womencaringtrust.com


Volunteer at The Playhouse

 

If you are a student with an interest in stage-craft or Arts administration or a retired person with bags of energy and skills to share, we want to hear from you. We have a wide range of voluntary positions available in the following areas - backstage, front-of-house, administration, reception and general maintenace.

Maybe you are interested in sound, lighting, set design or the general management of an Arts space? Perhaps you are versatile and willing to help out with a variety of general roles and duties - if so, we need you! Please get in contact with Derry Playhouse.


Fundit

BE PART OF OUR NEXT GRAND ADVENTURE!

The playhouse invites you to invest in the tour of our next theatre show- a unique piece of music theatre!

josef locke

Using fundit.ie, an online platform for people with great ideas to attract funding, The Playhouse is inviting you to get involved in the tour of our latest production!

In 2014 The Playhouse brought the life of Josef Locke to the stage in a unique piece of Music Theatre exploring his life, music and legacy.

Written by Felicity McCall and directed by Kieran Griffiths, the piece saw esteemed singer Karl McGuckin join local musicians and actor Peter E Davidson for an affectionate look at Locke's life, music... and his tax affairs.

After the storming success of the world premiere, we now have bigger plans to raise £3,000 in an online campaign to develop the hugely successful piece of work further, taking it on the road to bigger stages throughout Northern Ireland.

The show will tour to The Millennium Forum on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October, and Lyric Theatre Belfast from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 November.

 

REWARDS!

£10: A special mention in the programme as a patron of the show.

£25: As above + complimentary 1 year membership of The Playhouse's Applause Club.

£50: As above + a poster of the show signed by the cast, writer and director.

£100: As above + an invitation for you and a guest to the opening night in Belfast, or Derry with a Champagne reception (or a non-alcohol equivalent) with the play's producers.

£750: As above + an invitation to attend rehearsals in The Playhouse and see the creative process in action OR a one day master class in musical theatre with the play's director, Kieran Griffiths at a date to be agreed, in the 12 months following your donation, in a venue that you provide, anywhere on the island of Ireland.

Josef Locke: A Grand Adventure' Fundit campaign is now live and will run until Friday July 3! CLICK HERE to get involved!

 

Josef Locke video

Click above to see video!

 

 

 

 



The Playhouse Artistic Policy

 

Purpose:
The purpose of the Artistic Policy is to place the Arts at the heart of our social, economic and creative life. Like all policies within The Playhouse, our Artistic Policy needs to link into our four core values which are:


• COMMUNITY - Belonging @ The Playhouse

• CREATIVITY - Imagine That

• QUALITY - Giving of our Best

• SUSTAINABILITY - Here for Good

These values describe who we are, what we stand for and how we function, and our Artistic Policy more than most, will reflect these core values to the wider community, as our theatre is the very public face of what we do.

The Playhouse Artistic Policy is committed to:

Community:
• Producing Works that resonate with audiences locally and globally
• Creating theatre and events that promote community cohesion
• Engaging with our citizens and communities through Arts Education Programmes

Creativity:
• Preserving The Playhouse as one of the most dynamic theatres and arts centres in Ireland
• Commissioning New Works by emerging and established playwrights
• Producing innovative theatre which pushes the boundaries in relation to what can be done on (and off) stage

Quality:
• Producing classic and contemporary world theatre
• Producing quality theatre that we can be proud of

Sustainability:
• Producing popular theatre that attracts larger audiences which helps support non-commercial community theatre and social issue theatre productions

 


Christmas

The Playhouse is preparing for an action packed festive season of theatre, music, and arts!

 

Christmas Gifts


Does someone you know have a special memory of The Playhouse? Love of theatre?
Want to unleash some creativity? Want to become more involved in the Arts?

Give a round of applause, a class in ceramics or lessons in photography this Christmas!

 

logoPlayhouse Theatre Vouchers

Your loved one can choose from hundreds of original theatre shows,productions & performances in The Playhouse Programme. Available for any amount.

 

applause clubApplause Club Membership

Only £25 a year or only £10 for students
- Invitations to special events, openings, receptions & cast meet and greets
- Priority booking, exclusive news, events and show announcements
- Flash ticket offers
- Offers in the Playhouse bar, including 2 complimentary drinks upon joining the club
- Free show programmes
- A complimentary ticket when you introduce a new friend to the club
Most importantly, the opportunity to support the Playhouse

 

educationClasses and workshops

Help them get creative, have fun, learn a new skill.. and gain an Open College Network (OCN) qualification!The Playhouse will soon announce several Adult Night Classes in partnership with the North West Regional College starting in the new year.WHAT GETS YOUR ‪CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING?

Get creative, have fun, learn a new skill.. and gain an Open College Network (OCN) qualification!

The Playhouse announces several Adult Night Classes in partnership with the North West Regional College

OCN Level Practical Ceramic Skills 2
Develop your creative talents in a three dimensional form! We'll take you through the various processes of ceramics and pottery, beginning with the design process.
Tuesdays 6-9pm for 10 weeks starting 2/2/16 and ending on 5/4/16.

OCN Level 1 Photography
Are they getting a new camera for Christmas? We'll show them how to get the best out of your camera and take pictures to be proud of!
Wednesdays 6-9pm for 10 weeks starting 24/2/16 and ending on 27/4/16.

OCN Level 2 Performance Realisation Skills
Have you dabbled in stagecraft and performance? Don't know where to go next? Develop your performing arts skills and confidence with this hand on and fun course!
Thursdays 6-9pm for 10 weeks starting 28/1/16 and ending on 31/43/16.

OCN Level 1 Creative Writing
Creative writing course for beginners with lots of skills development, support and feedback. Kickstart your creative life in words!
Wednesdays 6-9pm for 10 weeks starting 27/1/16 and ending on 30/3/16.


Cost: £45(concessionary) £60 (full price) The cost includes registration fees for Open College Network to obtain qualification. For further information and Enrolment Form please contact The Playhouse on 02871 268027 or email siuan@derryplayhouse.co.uk.

 

 


hire usHire Space for a loved one!

Is your loved one a photographer? Painter? Sculptor? Artist?
Give them the gift of the perfect city centre venue to exhibit their work! Email Jessica at hire@derryplayhouse.co.uk.

 

art suppliesArt Supplies

Buy wonderful art materials at discount prices from our Box Office! CLICK HERE for a full list.

 

cardsChristmas Cards

Unique Christmas cards featuring the stunning work of late iconograpgher-in-residence Sister Aloysius McVeigh are now avaialbel to buy at our Box Office. These original Christmas Cards, produced by the late Sr Aloysius, are available for a limited time only whilst stocks last. Sr Aloysius who was an artist in residence in The Playhouse building was known for her iconography, and the card includes one of her masterpieces. £5 for a pack of 10.

 

theatre ticketTickets to touring playhouse productions

The gift of The Playhouse on tour! Let us transport someone special back to the era of romanceas Hollywood's golden couple Doris Day and Gordon MacRae reunite on stage at The Millennium Forum to tell the story of their lives.
More info here

 

This Christmas you can give a loved one a year of unique theatre experiences- as well as making a vital contribution to local arts!

 

Christmas Shows

Tinseltown Ball

The Playhouse Tinseltown Christmas Ball
Saturday 12th December from 7pm
A very special chance to support The Playhouse by joining us for an evening of performance, music and delectable dining!
Featuring Doris Day, Billie Holiday, Josef Locke and Ella Fitzgerald.
THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. Click here for more info.

 

santa

Santa's Christmas Land!
An interactive Christmas Journey
Monday 14th to Thursday 17th December
Santa is coming to The Playhouse! But where is he hiding? Join us on a Christmas adventure through the North Pole to find Santa's workshop.
Click here for more info and booking.

 

Colmcille
The Sister Aloysius Memorial Concert
Friday 18th December 2015
Colmcille Ladies Choir present their annual night of festive music and verse in memory of Sister Aloysius McVeigh of the Sisters of Mercy.
An accompanying exhibition of Sister Aloysius' iconography will be on display in The Playhouse plaza from Thursday 10th to Saturday 19th December.
Click here for more info and booking.

 

And an after Christmas Winter treat!

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live presents
The Winter's Tale
by William Shakespeare
Saturday 9th January 2016, 2.30pm
Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh.
Featuring Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman (Florizel), Jessie Buckley (Perdita), Hadley Fraser (Polixenes), Miranda Raison (Hermione) and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.
Click here for more info and booking.

 

 

Why not also consider contributing to our Artist's Community Christmas Tree?

Christmas Tree


Homegrown in The Playhouse

 

Playhouse education

 

Design Den

Design Den Saturday Art Club

Our famous Saturday Art Club will feature a series of art workshops exploring different art themes, art history and teach budding artists an array of unique, creative art skills.

This is a fun visual arts project that is aimed at primary school aged children. Workshops will run for ten week blocks starting on 23rd September 2017 on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm for 7-11 year olds. Arts activities will explore different themes with a strong emphasis on fun and creativity. Cost £60 for ten weeks.

For further information and booking please contact the box office on 028 71 268027.

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Playformers

Playformers

Designed for children that have an expressed interest in musical theatre and would like to learn more about performance techniques in a fun relaxed environment. Workshops will take place weekdays after school.
Contact: Siuan O Doherty 028 71 268027 or email siuan@derryplayhouse.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Masterteens

Masterteens

‘Master classes' for teenagers in different arts disciplines for example painting, app design, photography, song writing. Commencing end of February 2016 with Digital Photography every Tuesday 6-9pm in The Playhouse. Cost £36 for 6 weeks.
Contact: Siuan O Doherty 028 71 268027 or email siuan@derryplayhouse.co.uk

 

 

Playhouse Parents Group

Playhouse Parents Group

Providing a space for local parents and careers of children to come together in a safe neutral environment and empower them to explore creative approaches to practical parenting. Workshops which will be designed by and for the group, for example a Father and Toddler Project promoting positive fun activities that can be enjoyed between a father and their children.
Contact: Siuan O Doherty 028 71 268027 or email siuan@derryplayhouse.co.uk

 

 

Adult Arts

Adult Arts

The Playhouse Education Department will consult with adult groups and individuals to provide short hobby workshops on different arts and craft techniques. Six Week Sessions, January - March 2016.
Contact: Siuan O Doherty 028 71 268027 or email siuan@derryplayhouse.co.uk

 

 

 



Community Relations

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The Playhouse has a strong record of developing arts initiatives in partnership with a wide variety of statutory and community / voluntary sector agencies with the aims of promoting a wide range of personal / social benefits including Community Relations development, social inclusion & personal development.

This programme uses a range of artists with significant experience of using arts activity in conflict areas / areas of social breakdown to promote healing and reconciliation within Northern Ireland / Border Counties.

 

Dr Liam Campbell is the Community Relations Officer with The Playhouse. He is also a lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature, and has published both creatively and academically. His own play The Harbinger (2011) won the Greer Garson Award for Drama. Liam has given many talks across Europe and America on the power of storytelling, innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and the literature of the 20th Century.

For more information contact Liam on (028)71 268 027 or email liam@derryplayhouse.co.uk.

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Lives Under the Radar

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Derry City and Strabane District Council Good Relations programme in association with The Playhouse Community Relations outreach initiative have developed a compelling production, which comes in the form of a dramatic reading, is the result of many testimonies and truths that have been sourced from members and supporters of the LGBT community in and around the Strabane area. The script itself, developed by LGBT writer and activist Hilary McCollum, is a unified gathering of tales of struggle and pride, often against the shadow of the Troubles and the rule of the gun.

The project will culminate in a performance of 'Lives Under the Radar' at The Alley Theatre, Strabane on Saturday 13th February 2016 at 8pm.

For more information and booking CLICK HERE


Creative Tenants

Our Creative Tenants include:

Sole Purpose Productions: Founded in 1997, Sole Purpose Productions is a professional theatre company that exists to use the discourse of imagination to illuminate social and public issues.
Contact: Patricia Byrne (Artistic Director) / Nicola Schnurr (Company Administrator).
Telephone: 028 71 279918.
Web: www.solepurpose.org

 

Lilliput Theatre Company: Lilliput are Ireland 's foremost theatre company of people with learning disabilities. Contact: Gordon Smyth.
Telephone: 028 71 368150
Email lilliputtheatrecompany@westerntrust.hscni.net

 

Ursula McHugh, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Creative Facilitator: Ursula McHugh is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Yoga Teacher and Singer based in The Playhouse Theatre, Derry,Londonderry and is the Founder and Director of The Creative Path. Her intention is to share, practice and collaborate with artists to enhance individual wellbeing through creativity.
Contact Ursula on 07813124126
Email: mchugh.ursula78@gmail.com
Visit the new Creative Path website www.creativepath.co.uk and Facebook page.

 

UV Arts C.I.C: A fun, dynamic non-profit social enterprise & urban arts company based at The Playhouse, Derry-Londonderry who specialise in grass roots community art projects, alternative contemporary mural arts and graffiti and Street Art.
Contact UV Arts C.I.C by email info@uv-arts.co
Visit www.uv-arts.co or www.facebook.com/uvartscic.

 

MakeMatic: makes online classes for young creatives; giving young people everywhere the chance to learn everything from animation to coding, music technology to graffiti.
Visit: www.makematic.com or www.facebook.com/makematic

 

 

 


Schools

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Education packages and free workshops for Students and Schools groups.

The Playhouse is delighted to offer rehearsal access, discussions with cast members, producers, directors, and production teams from our productions, as well as group rates for students attending shows.

Talk to us about theatre outreach for your students! Email aine@derryplayhouse.co.uk

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Does your student want to become more involved in local theatre outside of the classroom?

Why not encourage them to become more involved and help us deliver creative, innovative and accessible Arts, Theatre and Education to the community!
Friends and supporters of The Playhouse can make a lasting difference -making a vital contribution to our work.

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The Playhouse Applause Club

doors Receive invitations to special events, discussions & meet and greets with the cast of our productions

doors Get access to priority booking, exclusive news, events and show announcements before anyone else

doors Receive access to flash offers throughout membership

doors A free programme when you attend a Playhouse production

doors Receive a complimentary ticket when introducing a new friend to the club

Most importantly, the opportunity to support the Playhouse!


We want to our supporters to open our big red doors to extraordinary theatre experiences, while giving a little something back to the local arts.

 

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Applause Club Members taking part in an exclusive event at The Playhouse, which included a chat with Big Telly Theatre Company, their Artistic Director Zoe Seaton, and Playhouse Artistic Director Pauline Ross, hearing some performance poetry with performance poet, writer, burlesque performer, actor Mel Bradley and meeting with Artist Sean Keddy about his 365 Exhibition.

 

Only £25 a year or only £10 for students

Applause! An exciting way to become part of The Playhouse!

 


Annual Report & Accounts

As a registered charity The Playhouse is committed to being transparent about where our money goes and the impact that it has.

Click on the documents below to see annual accounts from 2011 onwards.

Click HERE for Income & Expenditure for 2011

Click HERE for Income & Expenditure for 2012

Click HERE for Income & Expenditure for 2013

Click HERE for Income & Expenditure for 2014

Click HERE for Income & Expenditure for 2015

 

 


Staff Training

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Engage your employees through the Arts!

Let us bring new creative experiences from the arts into your business!

We can provide bespoke creative training for your staff- encouraging staff engagement, increased morale, and improved performance.

We'll team your staff up with the best local (and fully quantified!) artists and facilitators to use the arts to explore brand new approaches to collaboration, communication, and leadership.

Whether its Graffitti, Djing, Visual Arts, Crafts, Drama, or Dance, building a large scale art piece for your building, we can take your staff out of their normal routines to find new creative opportunities and solutions.

To find our more contact Jessica on 02871268027 or email jessica@derryplayhouse.co.uk.

 


"We are grateful to the co-workers and The Playhouse for their creative, innovative and enjoyable team building days. The IKEA team greatly enjoyed and learned a lot from the team-building and definitely benefitted from the Playhouse's thoughtful and bespoke approach to team-building training." Ikea

 

"Congratulations on the event, it ticked all the boxes for us, it was fun, had a great team building element, and it challenged the staff by taking them out of their comfort zone." Business In The Community


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Staff from global furniture store Ikea enjoying staff training at The Playhouse. Over a 2-day period IKEA brought their Belfast co-workers to the city, and were able to combine their own internal training with external teambuilding building provided by Playhouse art facilitators.
The programme involved designing and creating a graffiti wall, making felt using merino wool fleece and a workshop on textile printing.

 

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Staff Members at Business In The Community. Staff enjoyed a bespoke theatre performance in our plaza, along with musical theatre workshops and visual art and graffitti classes.

 

 

Why not also consider The Playhouse as a unique creative space for your next meeting, workshop or conference? 

Situated in the heart of the historic walled city of Derry Londonderry, The Playhouse has flexible, state of the art facilities including our 175 Seat Theatre and additional break out and training rooms.

Our recent clients include: British Council, ILEX, Princes Trust, Derry City Council, BBC Children In Need, Peace & Reconciliation Group and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Download our Hire The Playhouse Brochure and our Conference and Event Factsheet.

View a Virtual Visit to The Playhouse Here

For more information on hiring The Playhouse theatre and Conference Centre, please contact Jessica on 028 71 268027 or email hire@derryplayhouse.co.uk

 


The National Lottery Awards

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We are delighted to have reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards!

The Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they aim to celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK.

The Playhouse is competing against six other projects for the title of Best Heritage Project.

We could be in with the chance of appearing on a BBC One show, and we need your vote to help us win!

Please support us, just visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk to cast your vote or by phone on 0844 836 9670  until midnight on July 20.

 

You can follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards and #VotePlayhouse

Every vote counts, so we really appreciate your support!

 

Calls cost 5p max (a connection charge may be applied by some networks. Please check with your provider.)

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ABOUT THE PLAYHOUSE

The Playhouse's big red doors first opened in 1992 when director Pauline Ross managed to rescue two dilapidated buildings. The former school blocks had only narrowly escaped demolition a few years before when they were Grade II-listed. The Playhouse grew into an award-winning cultural project with charitable status. But a major challenge presented itself as the listed buildings fell into a pitiful state over the next 16 years. Funding of £4.6m was secured for a revamp through the Heritage Lottery Fund and other sources and The Playhouse re-launched on November 27, 2009.

The buildings are next to Derry's 400-year-old city walls, the largest state monument in Northern Ireland. More than 75 per Cent of the former school buildings have been restored, with the heritage features incorporated into the new elements.

The buildings are considered one of the best examples in Northern Ireland of how listed properties can be sympathetically restored and fused with modern design and have won numerous awards, including a British Urban Regeneration Award.

The Playhouses also runs a large selection of socially engaged arts programmes, providing opportunities, training, guidance and experience for all types of artistic individuals and creative communities.

We work in some of the most divided and deprived neighbourhoods in Northern Ireland, and we have a 24 year track record of using arts activity to promote healing, understanding, reconciliation and transformation between our communities.

The revival has led to the restoration of other large buildings in the neighbourhood and has helped drive Derry's creative economy. In many ways it has not only led to the restoration of buildings and the wider area, but to the restoration of people themselves, empowering them and giving themselves a renewed confidence.


lotteryABOUT THE AWARDS

The Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they recognise and celebrate the difference that Lottery-funded projects make to communities across the UK.
The National Lottery Awards have seven categories - each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: Sport; Heritage; Arts; Environment; Health; Education; and The Playhouse is one of only seven projects to make it through to the finals in the Best Heritage Project category.

 

VOTE NOW!
Please support us, just visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards to cast your vote or by phone on 0844 836 9670  until midnight on July 20.

 

 

Heart of Foyle' First Responder Taxi Scheme have also been nominated for the Health category!

Please also take a moment to vote for them! Call 0844 836 9702 or visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk.

Foyle First Responder Scheme as it's known locally, trains and equips taxi drivers to deliver first aid or medical assistance in emergency situations. Their volunteers and drivers are often first on the scene of emergencies and their intervention can save vital minutes and indeed lives by beginning CPR or defibrillation before an ambulance arrives.

 

 



Exploring the Peace: Theatre of Witness Workshops

Finding the Medicine in stories of suffering, transformation, and peace.
Explore the pathway to peace and engage with real life stories and experiences of The Troubles in accessible, moving, and inspiring Theatre of Witness workshops
Engage with performers and storytellers from all sides and realties of The Troubles to explore the path to healing from conflict.
*Workshops are free for groups based in Northern Ireland aged predominantly between 12 - 29 (we particularly invite community and educational groups to get in touch)

"These are the moving stories history books miss..."
"It was a privilege to hear and engage with real inspiring peacemakers..."

For more information or to book a workshop contact liam@derryplayhouse.co.uk or elaine@derryplayhouse.co.uk.

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Get involved!

 

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The Playhouse is seeking up to 15 individuals from the Bogside, Fountain & Bishop Street areas interested in theatre performance and backstage skills.

Successful applicants will receive training and will become part of the team designing, rehearsing, technically delivering and even performing the highlight of the Playhouse's spring programme: 'The Bog Couple'.

Discussions and training with interested parties will begin in December 2017.


The Play: The Bog Couple
Fate and a couple of failed marriages have crashed two men together under the same roof in the Rossville Flats in the midst of The Troubles - in what can only be described as the mismatch of the century. Set in the Rossville Flats in the Bogside in 1976, ‘The Bog Couple' (inspired by Neil Simon's The Odd Couple) is a riotous new comedy coming to The Playhouse in February 2018.
Written by Dr Liam Campbell and directed by Kieran Griffiths the play will hold a series of readings, performances, and workshops in the Bogside, Fountain and Bishop Street. The Bog Couple will have its full world premiere at The Playhouse from Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 February 2018. More information about the play is available here.

Those answering this call will be involved in every step of the play's production from page to stage.


Gain vital experience and training in theatre performance and backstage skills. The Creative Industries has been identified by the Northern Ireland Executive as an area of economic growth in N. Ireland.


- Work with industry professionals exploring theatre performance and directing skills.
- Experience and undertake set design, set build, lighting & sound design.
- Get involved in costuming & stage management.
- Undertake masterclasses with industry standard technicians, performers, directors and writers.
- Be part of a team delivering all aspects of a high quality professional stage play.

No previous experience needed. Interested? Contact Liam Campbell at the Playhouse:
028 7126 8027 0r via email liam@derryplayhouse.co.uk

This project is supported by the Urban Villages Initiative, a key action within the Northern Ireland Executive's Together: Building a United Community (TBUC) Strategy.

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Tenders

The Playhouse invites tenders for:

 

Theatre Facilitators

 

Tender Fee: €25,500 Approx.
The Playhouse is seeking tenders from "Theatre Facilitators" for its Theatre Peace Building Project funded by EU Peace 4 that will work in partnership with Holywell Trust, Thomas D'Arcy Foundation and Queens University. The project will use Theatre as a tool to explore truth recovery, peace building & community relations issues in a safe, accessible environment. The project will target those people and communities most affected by the conflict, including representatives from interface & segregated areas, historical atrocities and victims & survivors who were significantly involved/impacted upon.

Tender Specification is available to download HERE, or from info@derryplayhouse.co.uk .

To apply please send your CV and Tender Specification response (see Selection Criteria and Weighting) to:
CEO, The Playhouse, Artillery Street, Derry/ Londonderry, BT48 6RG Tel - (028) 71 268027
Or email Email: info@derryplayhouse.co.uk
Closing Date for Applications: Monday 4th December 2017, 12noon
The Playhouse is an Equal Opportunities Employer


A project supported by the European Union's PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

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