"Field Day is clearly back in business"
"Worthy of the Field Day of old, the productions are appropriate heralds of the feast of drama audiences can expect during Derry's City of Culture Year."
Reviews for Field Day pour in as the event of the year continues at Playhouse
Described by The Irish News as a production "worthy of the Field Day of old", with "outstanding performances" from Stephen Rea and his co-stars, Field Day's return to the stage after 14 years has not disappointed!
Derry- Londonderry's eager anticipation to see the venerated theatre company back on stage was rewarded as an excited audience filled The Playhouse to capacity on Monday night.
Praise has poured in for the extraordinary double bill at the Playhouse- 'Farewell', a short new play by young playwright Clare Dwyer Hogg, and the powerful and affecting ‘Half a Glass of Water', by David Ireland.
Critics remarked on Clare Dwyer Hogg's "finely crafted" script, David Ireland's "first class" writing, Bob Crowley's "striking and destabilising set" and the cast's "outstanding performances" (Irish News).
Stephen Rea was commended for his "compellingly rumpled performance as the guilt-ridden John" in ‘Farewell', and his "frighteningly cool" performance in ‘Half a Glass of Water' (Irish Times).
Funded by The Culture Company 2013 and British Council, the theatre company's return to the city marks the beginning of the remarkable celebration of culture that awaits the city in the year ahead just one of many prestigious events making up the backbone of next year's City of Culture celebrations.
"These incredible two plays mark a very important event in Irish Theatre, the return of a theatre company whose impact on local culture can't be underestimated" Niall Mc Caughan, at The Playhouse said.
"We're just delighted to see such keen local and national support as we embark on a magnificent year ahead!"
"Dwyer Hogg had a deadly silent audience at the sold out opening night hang on every word of her finely crafted script. Rea and his co-stars delivered outstanding performances... Worthy of the Field Day of old, the productions are appropriate heralds of the feast of drama audiences can expect during Derry's City of Culture Year." Sinead Harkin, Irish News
"Rea's direction, like his compellingly rumpled performance as the guilt-ridden John, gives the piece an unwavering somberness.... Field Day is clearly back in business"- Peter Crawley, The Irish Times
"powerful... thought-provoking and challenging" Lynne Edgar, BBC Radio Foyle