Arts Workshops rebuild the city walls ahead of Historical Siege Play

Posted on: 21st May 2015

Children from Clooney and Lincoln Courts Youth Clubs have rebuilt the city walls ahead of the Playhouse's new Siege commission.
Organised by the Siege Museum and facilitated by the Playhouse Children from Clooney Junior Youth Club and Lincoln Courts Junior Youth Club took part in arts & crafts workshops with set designer from The Playhouse Phil Ruddock last week.
The workshops were held ahead of The Playhouse's major Legacy commission for 2015, a new piece exploring the Siege of Derry.
Written by Carlo Gébler, the eldest son of writing aristocracy, Ernest Gébler and Edna O'Brien, ‘Walking to The Ark' opens on May 27.
The award winning Hamilton Flute Band will also provide original composition for the play.
The Playhouse production tells the story of Colonel Thomas Whitney, soldier in the Irish army, and his mistress Martha.
Twenty-five years after fathering a child by his mistress, Colonel Whitney finds himself inside Derry during the 1689 siege when his son, a Jacobite, arrives in the city, a prisoner.
Directed by Kieran Griffiths, the cast for the new piece includes Tara Breathnach, (best known as Tina in TG4's ‘Ros na Rún') Dermott Hickson (recently seen in in BBC's ‘6 Degrees') and British/French actor Peter Hudson, best known for his role as a recurring villain in the series ‘Highlander' and the Canadian series ‘Grandstar'.
"We're just delighted to work with the Siege Museum to get local young people involved in this lovely creative response to such an important part of this city's history" Director Kieran Griffiths said.
"It's a powerful way to provide fun, creative educational events based on events surrounding the Siege. Well done to all the children involved in creative such great pieces!"
Carlo Gébler's ‘Walking to the Ark' will run at The Playhouse from Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 May. Tickets are £15/ £12 and are available from The Playhouse Box Office on (028)71268027 or CLICK HERE to book.

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