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.
"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 »
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.
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
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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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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
And here to see a documentary on the methodology and the process.
iRemember is funded by the Italian government through the EU ERASMUS+ funding.