As the preparations are on towards 2013 City Of Culture, The Playhouse is delighted to announce that it is the first theatre in Ireland to offer the full "3D" experience.
Niall Mc Caughan, General Manager of The Playhouse stated: "It is vitally important that even in the arts sector, we embrace new technology, and The Playhouse is delighted to be at the forefront of these advancements. In the last 2-3 years there have been advancements in the technologies used in 3D movie production in cinemas, and many leading lights have asked why similar 3D could not also be used for plays in theatres. Recently scientists have produced the first 3D games consoles as well as television screens which do not require cumbersome "3D Glasses". 3D experience in all forms of entertainment is only around the corner, and we are delighted to offer the first real "3D theatre experience; it's such a coup for The Playhouse".
The leading Danish Research scientist Lirpa Loof from the University of Copenhagen who developed the new theatre "Oculus 3D" experience, told the Derry Journal, "I am delighted that this technology is being introduced for the first time in The Playhouse in Londonderry. The special technology, known as "Oculus" is so simple to use in order to get the full 3D experience, I tell people that it's as simple to use as opening your eyes. It's simply astounding."
Niall went on to say that when they tried out this technology for the first time in a secret theatre production last week, many members of the invited audience were dumb-struck with the experience. As one person said to me, "the 3D experience is astounding; it's as if I could reach out and touch them; they are so life-like. It's scary."
It is envisaged that the full "Oculus 3D" experience will be rolled out across theatres in N.Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. All drama performances in The Playhouse theatre are now in full 3D, and patrons are reminded that they do not require any special apparatus; just a check to see if they can use the special "Oculus viewer".